LockBit Ransomware Group Alleges Heras Cyberattack

The cyberattack on Heras comes amidst a spree of cyber attacks orchestrated by the LockBit ransomware group.

by Ashish Khaitan May 30th, 2024

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The LockBit ransomware group has targeted Heras UK, a prominent European provider of end-to-end perimeter protection solutions. The threat actor claimed the Heras cyberattack and shared a website status displaying the downtime alongside a countdown, ticking away the time until the data breach is potentially exploited. Heras, operating across 24 countries with a workforce of over 1100 skilled professionals, reportedly faces a data breach. 

The Cyber Express, in pursuit of clarity on the attack, reached out to the organization for comments. However, at the time of writing this, no official statement has been issued, leaving the alleged Heras data breach unconfirmed. Despite the claims, Heras’ website remains functional, showing no immediate signs of the cyber attack. It’s plausible that the attackers targeted the website’s backend, opting for stealth over a frontal assault like DDoS or defacement.

Alleged Heras Cyberattack Surfaces on Dark Web

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The cyberattack on Heras comes amidst a spree of cyber attacks orchestrated by the LockBit ransomware group. Notably, the group targeted Allied Telesis, Inc., a leading American telecommunication equipment supplier. While the Heras data breach purportedly occurred on May 27, 2024, the authenticity of the claims and the leaked data remains unverified. 

In a bold move earlier this year, the United States imposed sanctions on affiliates of the Russia-based LockBit ransomware group. This decisive action, led by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, signals a unified stance against cyber threats. LockBit, notorious for its Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) model, employs double extortion tactics to extort hefty ransoms from its victims.

Who is the LockBit Ransomware Group?

The LockBit ransomware group is a sophisticated cybercrime organization that targets enterprises and government organizations. Formerly known as “ABCD” ransomware, LockBit operates as a crypto-virus, demanding financial payment in exchange for the decryption of encrypted files. Unlike some ransomware that targets individuals, LockBit primarily focuses on large entities, seeking hefty sums from viable targets.

Since its inception in September 2019, LockBit has targeted organizations globally, including those in the United States, China, India, Indonesia, Ukraine, France, the UK, and Germany. It strategically selects targets likely to have both the financial means and the urgency to resolve the disruption caused by the attack.

Notably, LockBit avoids attacking systems within Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, possibly to evade prosecution. As for the Heras data breach, this is an ongoing story and The Cyber Express will be closely monitoring the situation and we’ll update this post once we have more information on the attack or any official confirmation from the organization. 


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