Rheinmetall is a German automotive and arms manufacturer falls as a victim of a ransomware attack conducted by the Black Basta ransomware group.
Active since last year April, Black Basta like other ransomware operations, it implements a double-extortion attack model.
The incident took place during last month and impacted the business unit that serves automotive sector. The defense division of the company was not impacted by the ransomware attack as reported by the company.
Rheinmetall launched an investigation into the incident with the help of cybersecurity authorities and still working to completely recover from the security breach.
Rheinmetall’s military business has become a critical part of the war in Ukraine, with the company securing several contracts to provide the Ukrainian armed forces with ammunition and reconnaissance systems.
It is also a key supplier of guns used on the Leopard tank, dozens of which have been sent to Ukraine by several European nations to aid in its counteroffensive. Ukraine also relies on Rheinmetall’s production of 155mm calibre artillery shells, which are currently in short supply in the West.
Killnet, in the month of March this year called to cyber arms on his Telegram channel against the company IT infrastructure in Germany and Australia after Rheinmetall announced a new tank factory in Ukraine as the Russian invasion of the Eastern European nation continues.