“The problem has no impact on flight safety,” a Boeing spokesman said on Wednesday. “We are actively investigating the incident and coordinating with law enforcement and regulatory authorities. We are informing our customers and suppliers.”
Boeing acknowledged the incident after the hacking organization Lockbit threatened on Friday to release a “huge amount” of stolen sensitive data from the plane maker online if Boeing did not pay a ransom by November 2nd. The threat was no longer on the group’s website Wednesday. It is unclear what data was stolen from Boeing. Lockbit did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. Boeing declined to comment on whether Lockbit was behind the cyber incident or whether defense-related data was affected.
“Page will be back online soon”
The Airbus rival’s spare parts and distribution business, part of its Global Services division, provides materials and logistics support to its customers, according to the company’s 2022 annual report. Some pages on the company’s official website that contained information about its Global Services division were unavailable Wednesday, citing technical issues. “We expect the site to be back online soon,” the pages said.
In terms of the number of victims, Lockbit was the world’s most active ransomware group last year, according to the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The hackers have attacked more than 1,700 US organizations since 2020. CISA did not initially comment on the Boeing statement.