Hackers sell NATO secrets – BBC
According to reports, weapon systems manufactured by the European defense contractor MBDA were exposed
The BBC reports that NATO is looking into the sale by hackers of classified documents. Some data details the products and services of MBDA Missile Systems (a pan-European defense company).
“We are assessing claims relating to data allegedly stolen from MBDA. We have no indication that any NATO network has been compromised,”According to the British television station, the spokesperson of the alliance said the following:
BBC claimed that 15 bitcoins were being demanded by unidentified hackers (roughly $320,000, at the current price) to access a trove of stolen data. LeMagIT, a French news site that covers information technology and cybersecurity in France reported the price and details of the trove.
Adrastea, a person claiming to be from Italy, offered the data cache to potential buyers in July. It is thought to have been created by an external hard disk. The hacker is believed to have accessed the data cache through an Italian subsidiary of MBDA.
BBC claimed that it had examined a free copy of the documents, and discovered documents bearing various US and NATO classification labels. Some papers seemed to outline the mission for a US Air Squadron in Estonia in 2020. Another showed schematics to an anti-aircraft, Land Ceptor CAMM. However, it could not independently confirm the authenticity.
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LeMagIT’s report stated that they had contacted MBDA and received a response. The company also admitted it was subject to an extortion plot. Both media outlets reported that the company downplayed the breach and described the data as “neither classified data nor sensitive.”BBC claims some of the MBDA documents that it tested were marked “proprietary information not to be disclosed or reproduced.”