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LockBit Claims Ransomware on India’s National Aerospace Lab

What Happened

LockBit, a ransomware gang, claimed attacking India’s National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), causing security concerns for critical national assets.

As a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) group, LockBit used its dark web leak site to threaten NAL, demanding an unspecified ransom. They pledged to publish stolen data if the ransom went unpaid. The attack coincided with a global outage of NAL’s website, though it’s uncertain if this resulted directly from the ransomware attack.

As of now, NAL and India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) have not responded to requests for comments.

About India National Aerospace Laboratories

National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), founded in 1959 by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is India’s premier aerospace research organisation. Governed by the Indian Government’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, NAL collaborates with entities such as the Indian Space Research Organisation and Defence Research and Development Organisation. Based in Bangalore, it plays a pivotal role in developing civilian aircraft, advanced aerospace research. NAL has advanced facilities, including the Nilakantan Wind tunnel Centre and a computerised fatigue test facility. With approximately 2500 individuals on staff, including 350 full-time R&D professionals, NAL remains at the forefront of aerospace research and development in India.

The LockBit Threat

LockBit is a cybercriminal group that operates as a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) group, proposing ransomware as a service to its affiliates.

It poses a significant cyber threat. Targeting diverse sectors, the group encrypts data and demands ransom payments in cryptocurrency for anonymity. The group has hacked famous global entities. Examples include Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC, British postal service and courier company Royal Mail, and pharma giant Granules India.

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