LockBit hackers steal sensitive documents from Britain Military Defense

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense has once again found itself in the spotlight due to a recent cyberattack, with fingers of suspicion pointing towards Russian hackers. While there is no conclusive evidence to substantiate these claims, there is a growing belief that Russia may be behind the latest data breach.

Social media platforms, such as X and Facebook, are abuzz with reports suggesting that a hacking group funded by the Kremlin has successfully infiltrated sensitive military websites. Among the targeted sites are the HMNB Clyde Nuclear Submarine Base, the Porton Down Chemical Weapon Lab, and the esteemed GCHQ.

The breach reportedly resulted in the theft of highly classified information, including data pertaining to secret security prisons, their locations, and blueprints. The culprits behind this breach are allegedly affiliated with the LockBit ransomware group, a group with Russian ties but operating from a European location.

In a surprising turn of events, Microsoft Threat Intelligence teams have uncovered that these cyber-criminals have shared some of the stolen information on the dark web. This includes details of certain Metropolitan Police officials and individuals serving in the Police Department of Northern Ireland.

Initial investigations suggest that the perpetrators managed to obtain credentials for the Zuan database from a Windows 7PC, responsible for securing many government web portals.

Notably, this same criminal group was previously linked to a breach of The Royal Mail Group‘s database earlier this year. They demanded a staggering $40 million in ransom at the time.

While the specific actions taken by the British mail service remain undisclosed, reliable sources confirm that LockBit did not receive any ransom payment. Instead, a forensic firm assisted the parcel service in recovering from the cyber incident.

It’s important to note that the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued an official threat notice. This notice urges all businesses operating within the country to exercise caution regarding cyberattacks originating from Russia and its allies. The threat landscape in cyberspace continues to evolve, requiring increased vigilance and robust security measures to safeguard sensitive information and critical infrastructure.

Naveen Goud
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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