LockBit Claims to Have Hacked a Foxconn Plant in Mexico

LockBit attack on Foxconn
Written by Emma Davis

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn confirmed that one of its factories in Mexico was attacked by LockBit ransomware in late May, which soon claimed responsibility for the attack.

Let me remind you that we also talked that LockBit ransomware successfully attacks Bangkok Airways servers, and also that New LockBit attack lasted for half a year.

Foxconn operates three factories in Mexico, where they produce computers, LCD TVs, mobile devices and set-top boxes, and so on.

The attacked plant, which employs more than 5,000 people, is located in Tijuana and is considered a strategic site, as it plays an important role in supplying the US state of California, a large consumer of electronics.

On May 31, a message appeared on the LockBit ransomware website that Foxconn had been hacked and threatened to leak data if the company did not pay the ransom by June 11, 2022.

LockBit attack on Foxconn

Judging by the message of the attackers, negotiations with the company have not yet been finished and the hackers are still hoping to reach an agreement. LockBit’s claims are currently unknown, but it is likely that the hackers expect to receive a large amount, given that the group usually attacks successful companies that can pay significant sums.

Foxconn representatives confirmed to the media that the attack had indeed taken place.

One of our plants in Mexico was confirmed to have been attacked by a ransomware cyberattack at the end of May. Cybersecurity specialists are already doing recovery work.

The factory is gradually returning to work. Disruptions related to business operations will be addressed by adjusting production capacity. The cyberattack is estimated to have little impact on Foxconn’s overall operations.the company said.

The attackers did not give any hints about the nature of the data they managed to steal, but usually the operators of this cyber ransomware are trying to get valuable information that can be used as leverage for payment.

Because Foxconn manufactures a variety of consumer electronics products for many brands, LockBit may hold valuable schematics and technical drawings, which are intellectual property that is shared under non-disclosure agreements.

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Emma Davis

I'm writer and content manager (a short time ago completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the Gustavus Adolphus College). For now, I have a deep drive to study cyber security.

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