Published on January 22nd, 2016 📆 | 7565 Views ⚑0
Hackers Steal $55 million From Boeing Supplier
Aerospace parts manufacturer FACC says that its financial accounting department has been attacked by hackers, who managed to steal approximately €50 million ($54.5 million) from its coffers.
Perhaps surprisingly, the company, whose largest shareholder is a Chinese aviation corporation, appears not to have been hacked for its data or intellectual property, but instead for cold hard cash.
If the claims of the hackers robbing €50 million from FACC are accurate then it is certainly a notable attack, with last year’s Ponemon study
In a statement
On January 19, 2016 FACC AG announced that it became a victim of fraudulent activities involving communication- an information technologies. To the current state of the forensic and criminal investigations, the financial accounting department of FACC Operations GmbH was the target of cyber fraud. FACC’s IT infrastructure, data security, IP rights as well as the operational business of the group are not affected by the criminal activities. The damage is an outflow of approx. EUR 50 mio of liquid funds.
FACC’s management team say that they are evaluating what damage has been done, and is keen to reassure observers that production and engineering will continue on as normal despite the heist, and that there are no liquidity threats to the company.
Nonetheless, the markets haven’t responded well to the news of the hack with FACC’s stock price closing 17% lower by the end of trading.
When I heard the story of the hack against FACC I was instantly reminded of the news last year that budget airline Ryanair had been attacked by hackers
Of course, it’s far too early to speculate whether the FACC and RyanAir hacks are connected.