Hackers known as MAZE Ransomware are on a hacking spree. They have stolen data from ST Engineering group and Bank of Costa Rica (BCR). Therefore in each scenario, the hackers ask compromised company to pay ransomware or classified data leaked online.
Their latest victim is the Westech company. Westech is a firm that supports the US Minuteman III nuclear deterrent and functions as a subcontractor for Northup, Grumman.
This notorious group tried to force the company into paying the ransomware by leaking the stolen and encrypted data online.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of the stolen data as it places the nation at risk. As at 2020, along with the Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile (SBLM) and Nuclear weapons carried by strategic bombers, the LGM-30G Minuteman III version [a], which is the only land-based Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), forms a nuclear triad for the United States.
SkyNews reports read “it is unclear if the documents stolen by the criminal include military classified information, but files already leaked online suggest the hackers had access to extremely sensitive data, including payroll and emails. Additionally, court documents in the US allege that Russian cybercriminals with a financial motivation have collaborated with the intelligence services to steal classified government documents.”
However,the nature of the data stolen raises concerns among security experts; who fear that the group might sell the data relating to the nation’s nuclear deterrent to a foreign country.
In an interview with SkyNews, the spokesperson for Westech explained that the company is doing its best to investigate and resolve the breach. “Upon learning of the issue, we immediately commenced an investigation and contained our systems. We have also been working closely with an independent computer forensic firm; to analyse our systems for any compromise and to determine if any personal information is at risk.”