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Dassault subsidiary in US hit by Windows Ragnar Locker ransomware Featured

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Dassault Falcon Jet, a US subsidiary of the 91-year-old French aviation firm Dassault Aviation, has taken a hit from a gang of cyber criminals using the Windows Ragnar Locker ransomware.

The attackers have as yet not leaked any of the company's data on their web site on the dark web.

DFJ's parent company pulled in revenue of Increase €7.341 billion (A$11.8 billion) in 2019, according to Wikipedia. The total number of employees the same year was 12,757.

Contacted for comment, a company spokesman said in a statement that the attack had been noticed on 7 December (Monday).

"Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ) was the victim of a new cyber attack about which the FBI recently issued an alert," a statement said.

"The attack was isolated to DFJ servers based in the United States. It does not include any data from parent company Dassault Aviation.

"Some company systems are not affected and are functioning normally while others have been impacted to varying degrees. French and US IT teams and their cyber security partners are working diligently to restore the affected systems to their full capacity.

"In the interim, all departments have implemented contingency plans to ensure our customers’ and employees’ needs are addressed properly.

"Global deliveries of new Falcons for the remainder of 2020 will be maintained."

Ragnar Locker was recently used to attack the Indian company Biological E, which received a grant of US$4 million (A$5.49 million) from the Gates Foundation to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

Other companies to be affected by the same ransomware are Italian liqueur manufacturer Campari Group and Japanese game maker Capcom, French transport and logistics firm CMA CGM Group and US travel management company CWT.

CWT agreed to pay a ransom of US$4.5 million (A$6.3 million) in bitcoin to the attackers.

According to the global cyber security firm Sophos, Ragnar Locker now has the ability to attack virtual machines.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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