1 August 2022

Hackers claim to have breached European missiles maker MBDA


Hackers claim to have breached European missiles maker MBDA

A group calling themselves Adrastea have claimed they have stolen 60 GB worth of files from the European multinational developer and manufacturer of missiles MBDA, according to Cybernews.

MBDA was created after the merger of the main French, British and Italian missile systems companies - Aérospatiale-Matra (merged into EADS, now called Airbus), BAE Systems and Finmeccanica (now Leonardo). The company maintains several divisions, including MBDA France, MBDA UK and MBDA Italy.

Adrastea's announcement of the breach appeared on a popular Russian-speaking hacker forum XSS over the weekend and claimed that they have found a critical vulnerability in MBDAs network infrastructure that allowed them to steal data. The pilfered files allegedly include documents related to the design of air defense, missile systems, and systems of coastal protection, presentations, correspondence with other defense contractors, and other sensitive information.

“Currently, the volume of downloaded data is approximately 60 GB. The downloaded data contains confidential and closed information about the employees of your company, which took part in the development of closed military projects of MBDA […] and about the commercial activities of your company in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of the European Union […],” the group’s announcement reads.

Cybernews notes that the group appear to have hacked the Italian branch of MBDA and stole documents related to the company’s cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Defense. MBDA has yet to comment on the alleged breach.

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