Russian hacking group claims attack on Lockheed Martin

A major Russian hacking group claims to have attacked and taken offline websites run by US aerospace manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp.

Killnet, which previously made headlines in June after taking responsibility for a distributed denial of service attack targeting organizations in Lithuania, claims it targeted Lockheed Martin in a similar DDoS attack, putting the websites offline business.

The group says it was motivated to attack the defense industry giant because the company supplied the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Killnet described the provision of the rocket system as allowing “the criminal authorities of the Kyiv regime to kill civilians, destroy the infrastructure and social facilities of the still temporarily occupied Ukraine”.

Killnet also claims to have stolen information about Lockheed Martin employees in a cyberattack last week and said it plans to share the stolen information.

That information has not yet been shared, a representative from cyber threat intelligence firm Flashpoint told SiliconANGLE. According to posts on Killnet’s Telegram channel provided by Flashpoint, the group also claims to have accessed several Lockheed Martin systems and two systems operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Lockheed Martin denies that any of its systems have been compromised. “We are aware of the reports and have policies and procedures in place to mitigate cyber threats to our business,” a Lockheed Martin spokesperson said. “We remain confident in the integrity of our robust, multi-layered information systems and data security.”

Attacks, whether real or not, could be set to intensify: Killmilk, the founder of Killnet, has issued a chilling warning.

“Soon, Killnet and I will launch powerful attacks against European and American companies, which will indirectly cause casualties,” Killmilk said in a translated statement reported by SM Media. “I will do my best to hold these regions and countries accountable for each of our soldiers.”

Attacks from Russia have been prolific since the invasion of Ukraine began, including an attack on the Viasat satellite service in February. On June 22, Microsoft Corp. warned that Russian piracy against Allied governments continued to increase.

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