Austal USA, Navy Contractor, Admits Cyberattack Following Potent Data Leak

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Imagine you’re the owner of a shipbuilding company that works with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). You build high-performance vessels for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and your business is vital to national security. Now, picture waking up one morning to find out that your company has suffered a devastating cyberattack. That’s precisely what happened to Austal USA, and it could happen to any business, including yours.

Austal USA: A Cyberattack Victim

Austal USA, an American subsidiary of an Australian shipbuilding company, confirmed that it had suffered a cyberattack and is currently investigating the impact of the incident. This company is under contract for multiple programs, including building 127-meter-long littoral combat ships for the U.S. Navy at a cost of $360 million per unit and an active $3.3 billion contract for building 11 patrol cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The cybercriminal group Hunters International claimed responsibility for the breach and leaked some information as proof of the intrusion. In response, Austal USA confirmed the attack and stated that they had acted quickly to mitigate the incident, resulting in no impact on operations. The company also informed regulatory authorities, including the FBI and NCIS, which are now involved in investigating the situation.

No Personal or Classified Information Stolen

Fortunately, Austal USA reported that no personal or classified information was accessed or taken by the threat actors. They are working closely with the appropriate authorities and continue to inform any stakeholders impacted by the incident. Austal USA recognizes the seriousness of this event and the special responsibility they have as a DoD and DHS contractor. Their assessment is ongoing as they seek to fully understand this incident and prevent a similar occurrence.

The Threat of Hunters International

Hunters International is a relatively new ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation, believed to be a rebrand of the Hive ransomware gang. The group denies the allegations, stating that they are a new operation that purchased the encryptor source code from the now-defunct Hive. According to the threat actors, their focus is on stealing data and using it as leverage to extort victims into paying a ransom. Currently, the gang’s data leak site lists over a dozen victims from various sectors and regions of the world.

Why This Matters to You

You might be thinking, “I’m not a shipbuilding company, so why should I care?” The truth is, cyberattacks can happen to any business, regardless of size or industry. In fact, 43% of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses , and only 14% of small businesses are prepared to defend themselves. This incident serves as a reminder that no one is immune to the ever-evolving threat of cybercrime.

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Don’t let your business become another statistic. Take action now to protect your valuable data and safeguard your company’s reputation. At ZZ Servers, we specialize in providing top-notch cybersecurity solutions tailored to your business needs. Our team of experts will work with you to identify vulnerabilities, implement robust security measures, and monitor your systems for potential threats.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact us today to learn how ZZ Servers can help secure your business and give you peace of mind in an increasingly uncertain digital landscape.

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