Breach, Threat Management, Data Security, Malware, Ransomware

Data-stealing ransomware hits parts maker for Tesla, Boeing and Lockheed Martin

Visser Precision, a parts maker and manufacturing solutions provider for the aerospace, automotive, industrial and manufacturing industries, has reportedly suffered a combination ransomware attack and data breach that has compromised files pertaining to multiple business partners, including Tesla, SpaceX, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

In a statement, Denver, Colorado-based Visser confirmed it was "the recent target of a criminal cybersecurity incident, including access to or theft of data," according to a report from TechCrunch, which was tipped off by the security company Emsisoft. The culprit in this instance was reportedly DoppelPaymer, a ransomware program that not only encrypts files but also steals assets so extortionists can dox them publicly if the ransom is not paid.

Reportedly, the cybercriminals behind the attack have already began publishing its Visser's clients' stolen files and documents and making certain ones available for download. These include non-disclosure agreements between Visser and the Elon Musk-founded Tesla and SpaceX, and what seems to be a partial schematic for a Lockheed Martin-manufactured missile antenna.

TechCrunch reported that Boeing, Tesla and SpaceX have not responded to requests for comment. However, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson, however reportedly said the company is “aware of the situation with Visser Precision and are following our standard response process for potential cyber incidents related to our supply chain."

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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