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GE confirms investigation into security breach involving military data

Published Nov 27, 2023 14:50
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General Electric (NYSE:GE) is currently under scrutiny following a security breach that resulted in unauthorized access to sensitive military project data. The breach, which involved GE Aviation's development networks, was orchestrated by a hacker known as IntelBroker, who claims to have obtained classified information from a database containing software pipelines and specifics of military projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

IntelBroker, who has a history of targeting high-profile entities, initially attempted to sell the compromised information for $500 on a dark web forum. After failing to find a buyer, the hacker then decided to offer the network access and stolen data separately. To substantiate the claims, screenshots that verify the breach were uploaded onto an online platform named X.

GE has acknowledged the investigation into the reported security breach and reiterated its commitment to maintaining robust security measures to protect its systems. This incident is particularly concerning due to the sensitive nature of the data involved, which pertains to defense collaborations with DARPA.

The hacker group CyberNiggers, which has been linked to IntelBroker, has a notorious past that includes attacks on various organizations, such as the Web! grocery service, the DC Health Link program, and US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Recently, the group has been actively seeking recruits with skills in secure communication practices, including Monero transactions and PGP encryption.

As the investigation unfolds, GE is taking immediate protective actions to safeguard its defense-related collaborations and data. The company's prompt response to the incident highlights the ongoing challenges faced by corporations in protecting against cyber threats, especially when dealing with sensitive government-related projects.

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GE confirms investigation into security breach involving military data
 

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