Lockbit 2.0 Ransomware targets Cybersecurity firm Mandiant

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Mandiant, a globally renowned Cybersecurity firm was reportedly been targeted by LockBit 2.0 Ransomware attack in May this year. And reports are in that Lockbit is interested in releasing the stolen documents, as the IT staff of Mandiant was not responding positively to its ransom demands.

On the other hand, the security firm denied any kind of outside invasion on its servers and added that it lacks evidence about the claimed cyber attack by Lockbit Ransomware spreading group.

A website that publicizes all stolen info about Lockbit victims confirmed the news that Mandiant’s IT infrastructure was cyber attacked by hackers and the details are now available on the dark web for sale.

Mandiant released a public statement saying it is investigating LockBit claims and needs some more time to deeply scrutinize the attack information.

What’s interesting about the incident is the internet giant Google has made a public announcement recently on acquiring Mandiant for $5.4 billion, all on net cash and after the deal, Mandiant’s IT Infrastructure will be part of Google Cloud.

So, Lockbit might have tarnished Mandiant in the media to break its lucrative deal with Google as the latter published a report in June that US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued sanctions on the ransom payments made to Lockbit, also known as Evil Corp.

And out of vengeance, Lockbit organizers might have desired to tarnish the image of the security firm, to force Google pull back from its 5 billion dollar offer.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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