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Ransomware Group Claims Theft of Data From Chipmaker Nexperia 

The Dark Angels (Dunghill) ransomware group claims to have stolen 1 Tb of data from Nexperia, which is investigating the incident.

Chipmaker Nexperia has confirmed being targeted by hackers after a known ransomware group claimed to have stolen a significant amount of data from the company’s systems.

Netherlands-based Nexperia, a subsidiary of the Chinese company Wingtech Technology, designs and manufactures semiconductors for the automotive, industrial, mobile and consumer sectors. 

The ransomware group named Dark Angels (aka Dunghill) announced on its Tor-based website on April 10 that it had stolen 1 Tb of data from Nexperia.

The information that was allegedly compromised includes quality control data, client folders for nearly 900 companies (including major companies such as Apple, IBM, Huawei and SpaceX), confidential project data, industrial production data, and corporate information. 

The cybercriminals have made public a few files as proof, but they are threatening to leak all the stolen data unless a ransom is paid. 

Nexperia confirmed the “IT breach” on Friday, saying that some of its servers were accessed by an unauthorized third party in March. 

“We promptly took action and disconnected the affected systems from the internet to contain the incident and implemented extensive mitigation. We also launched an investigation with the support of third-party experts to determine the nature and scope of the incident and took strong measures to terminate the unauthorized access,” the company stated.

Nexperia has notified data protection authorities and law enforcement. The company cited the ongoing investigation for not being able to share additional information. 

The Dark Angels ransomware group is also known for its attack on Johnson Controls, from which the hackers claimed to have stolen 27 Gb of information and demanded a $51 million ransom. In February, the company said expenses associated with the incident exceeded $27 million. 

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing 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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