General Electric Faces Cyberattack: Military Data Breach Sparks Investigation and Concern

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General Electric Faces Cyberattack: Military Data Breach Sparks Investigation and Concern

General Electric (GE), the American conglomerate, appears to have been targeted in a cyberattack, resulting in the theft of sensitive information, including military data. This inference stems from a post shared on a hacker forum by a user named Intelbroker, offering internal company data for sale, as reported by Bleeping Computer.

General Electric stands as one of the world’s largest conglomerates, operating in energy, healthcare, finance, and transportation sectors. The company is active in India as well, employing thousands of individuals, including a segment at a research center established in Munich in 2004.

Sale of Data

According to Bleeping Computer, Intelbroker attempted to sell access to General Electric’s “development and software pipelines” for $500 in early November. The alleged attacker now claims, in the hacker forum, to have found no serious buyers and intends to sell “the entire package separately, including access (SSH, SVN, etc.).”

The dataset reportedly includes military-related information tied to Darpa, documents, SQL files, and other documents, as stated by Intelbroker. As evidence, he provided a screenshot to Bleeping Computer, displaying a portion of the offered data.

Among these documents is a database from GE Aviation, a US subsidiary of General Electric renowned for manufacturing aircraft engines. Apparently, this database also contains information pertaining to military projects.

Investigations at General Electric

In response to Bleeping Computer’s inquiry, General Electric acknowledged being aware of Intelbroker’s offer. The company is investigating the claims made by the alleged attacker and intends to “take appropriate measures to protect the integrity of our systems,” stated a spokesperson for the company.

Boeing, a prominent aircraft manufacturer, was recently the target of a cyberattack by the ransomware group Lockbit. As the company seemingly did not comply with the attackers’ ransom demand, more than 43 gigabytes of stolen data were subsequently published on the hacker group’s data leak site.

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