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US Nuclear Weapons Contractor Hit With Revil Ransomware

June 17, 2021

Lawrence Abrams from BleepingComputer reports that the US Government Contractor Sol Oriens suffered a cyberattack, alleged to be from the REvil ransomware gang. Sol Oriens helps the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy Organizations, Aerospace Contractors, and Technology Firms, “[however], job postings first spotted by CNBC correspondent Eamon Javers provide some insight into Sol Orien’s operations, who are seeking program managers, consultants and a ‘Nuclear Weapons Subject Matter Expert’ to work with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)”, writes Abrams.

Last week the REvil ransomware gang posted a list of companies whose data they had stolen and were auctioning off to the highest bidder. Sol Oriens is apparently one of the companies REvil claims to have stolen data from. “REvil claims to have stolen business data and employees’ data, including salary information and social security numbers”, Abrams states. REvil also published images of documents that they had taken from Sol Oriens as proof of the data breach. Sol Oriens confirmed a cyberattack on their network in May.

CNBC correspondent Eamon Javers took to Twitter to release information about the incident. Javers tweeted that the investigation is still ongoing and that Sol Oriens had hired a third-party cybersecurity and forensics firm to determine the breach’s scope.   

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