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Ransomware Group Claims to Have Breached Foxconn Factory

Cybercriminals claim to have breached the systems of an important Foxconn factory in Mexico and they are threatening to leak stolen files if the company doesn’t pay a ransom.

Cybercriminals claim to have breached the systems of an important Foxconn factory in Mexico and they are threatening to leak stolen files if the company doesn’t pay a ransom.

Foxconn Baja California, located in the city of Tijuana at the border with California, specializes in medical devices, consumer electronics and industrial operations. The facility has 5,000 employees.

A threat group that uses the LockBit 2.0 ransomware claims to have hit this factory and is threatening to release stolen information on June 11, unless the victim pays up.

Foxconn factory hit by ransomware

It’s unclear if the ransomware attack had any impact on operational technology (OT) systems.

SecurityWeek has reached out to the electronics manufacturing giant, but we have yet to receive a response.

This is not the first time Foxconn has been hit by ransomware. In December 2020, the company confirmed that some of its systems in the United States had been targeted in a cyberattack after the DoppelPaymer ransomware group started leaking files allegedly stolen from the company.

While Foxconn said at the time that the attack had impacted US systems, the hackers claimed to have breached a facility in Mexico. The cybercriminals demanded more than $34 million in bitcoin.

LockBit 2.0 hackers recently also claimed to have stolen files from tire and rubber giant Bridgestone Americas.

In February, the FBI released indicators of compromise (IoCs) for LockBit 2.0 attacks and noted that the ransomware’s operators typically breach enterprise networks by purchasing access or by leveraging unpatched vulnerabilities, zero-day exploits, or insider access.

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Related: Biomanufacturing Facilities Warned of Attacks Involving Sophisticated Malware

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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