Posted on November 02, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Australian based shipbuilder Austral, confirmed last night that its management system had been targeted by a cyber-attack.
According to the company, email addresses and mobile phone numbers belonging to staff were accessed, as well as a small number of customer files. The small number of stakeholders that were affected by the breach have been contacted by the company.
The attacker has since then tried to sell some of the information online and engage in extortion, but the company remains adamant in refusing to respond to any extortion attempts.
The company, which operates as a defence contractor, builds frigates and patrol vessels for the Australian Navy and several other countries, including the US. However, it claims that none of the data stolen could affect national security.
"The data breach has had no impact on Austal's ongoing operations. Ship design drawings which may be distributed to customers and fabrication sub-contractors or suppliers are neither sensitive nor classified. Austal's business in the United States is unaffected by this issue as the computer systems are not linked.”, the company said in a statement.
Since then Austral has reinforced their data system security and is taking extra actions to prevent any further attacks.
The attack is currently being investigated by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).