Nicklaus Companies Cyberattack Claimed By LockBit Ransomware

Nicklaus Companies, tied to golf legend Jack William Nicklaus, "the Golden Bear," encompasses golf course design, real estate, and global brand marketing.

by Ashish Khaitan March 11, 2024 in Firewall Daily, Hacker Claims Reading Time: 3 mins read 0

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The Nicklaus Companies, led by golfing icon Jack Nicklaus, has allegedly fallen victim to a cyberattack claimed by the group. A chilling message on the dark web includes a countdown, suggesting that compromised data will be released to the public in less than a week.

Nicklaus Companies, renowned for its association with Jack William Nicklaus, affectionately known as “the Golden Bear,” boasts a diverse portfolio spanning golf course design, real estate development, and the global marketing of lifestyle products under Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. 

LockBit Ransomware Group Claims Nicklaus Companies Cyberattack 

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The Cyber Express has reached out to the organization to learn more about this . However, at the time of writing this, no official statement or response has been recorded, leaving the claims for the Nicklaus Companies cyberattack stand unverified. 

While the Nicklaus Companies website appears to be unaffected by the purported attack, the LockBit ransomware group, known for its sophisticated tactics, typically operates behind the scenes, targeting databases and the backend of the websites instead of launching a front-end assault. 

However, the interesting fact about this is that the threat actor involved in this assault was recently seized by law enforcement authorities. Operation Cronos, a collaborative effort involving authorities from the UK, USA, Europol, and other jurisdictions, was initiated to disrupt the operations of LockBit and aid ransomware victims in recovering their data.

Persistent Cyberattacks by the LockBit Ransomware Group

Progress was made with the apprehension of four suspects across the USA, Poland, and Ukraine. However, LockBit wasted no time in resuming its nefarious activities on the dark web, despite law enforcement's efforts to dismantle its infrastructure and seize crucial assets.

Of particular concern is LockBit's claim to possess sensitive data, including court documents related to the contentious election subversion case involving former U.S. President Donald Trump, sourced from Fulton County, Georgia. While there is no concrete evidence to support the assertion that LockBit breached the FBI, the group's display of stolen information highlights the gravity of the situation.

As part of Operation Cronos, authorities managed to shut down several dark web platforms utilized by LockBit for data leaks and extortion demands. However, the emergence of a new dark web leak site over the weekend, featuring a list of victims that includes Fulton County and the FBI, suggests that LockBit remains undeterred in its pursuit of illicit gains.

With regard to the Nicklaus Companies cyberattack, The Cyber Express will be closely monitoring the situation and we'll update this post once we have more information on the threat actor or any official statement from the organization. 


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