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India’s Aerospace Research Lab Suffers Cyberattack from Ransomware Gang LockBit

In a concerning development, India’s premier aerospace research organization, the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), has fallen victim to a cyberattack perpetrated by the notorious ransomware gang LockBit. The attack has left NAL’s website down and raised concerns about the potential exposure of sensitive data.

LockBit, known for its relentless targeting of high-profile organizations, added NAL to its dark web leak site, a platform used to pressure victims into paying ransom demands. The group has threatened to release stolen documents, including confidential letters, employee passports, and other internal files, if NAL fails to comply.

The gravity of the situation is amplified by the fact that NAL’s website is currently inaccessible worldwide. While the precise cause of the outage remains unclear, it is suspected to be linked to the ransomware attack.

Established in 1959, NAL holds the distinction of being India’s first and largest aerospace research organization. It operates under the Indian Government’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, headed by the Prime Minister. NAL maintains close collaborations with other government entities, including the Indian Space Research Organisation and Defence Research and Development Organisation.

LockBit’s recent targets have included a diverse range of prominent organizations, highlighting its ability to infiltrate and disrupt critical operations. Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC, British postal service Royal Mail, pharma giant Granules India, Los Angeles’ housing authority, and California’s finance department are among the victims that have fallen prey to LockBit’s cyberattacks.

The impact of the ransomware attack on NAL’s operations and the potential exposure of sensitive data remain to be fully assessed. Neither NAL nor India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued official statements regarding the incident.

As the situation unfolds, it is crucial for NAL to prioritize data recovery and implement robust cybersecurity measures to prevent future attacks. The incident underscores the growing threat posed by ransomware gangs and the need for organizations to strengthen their defenses against such cyberattacks.

Bilgesu Erdem
Bilgesu Erdem
Bilgesu graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema. After working as a reporter for various television channels and a newspaper, Bilgesu is currently working as a content editor at Newslinker. She loves technology and animals.

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