Johnson Controls Gets Pwned By Ransomware

It seems that tech giant Johnson Controls has been pwned by hackers who via ransomware have made a huge score on said tech giant:

An 8-K form filed by the company this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed that some of its internal IT infrastructure and applications were disrupted as a result of a cybersecurity incident. 

An investigation has been launched to determine what type of information may have been compromised. 

“To date, many of the Company’s applications are largely unaffected and remain operational. To the extent possible, and in line with its business continuity plans, the Company implemented workarounds for certain operations to mitigate disruptions and continue servicing its customers. However, the incident has caused, and is expected to continue to cause, disruption to parts of the Company’s business operations,” Johnson Controls said in the SEC filing.

The incident could force the company to delay the release of its fourth quarter and full fiscal year financial results.

Johnson Controls provides HVAC, automation, security, safety, smart home, retail, industrial refrigeration, and energy solutions and services. The company has more than 100,000 employees across 150 countries.

The pwnage was confirmed by VX Underground:

Who are Dark Angels? Let me help you with that:

The Dark Angels gang emerged in May 2022, using both data theft and file-encrypting malware to convince victims to pay a ransom. The hackers have attacked several major organizations in the United States over the past months.

The group has created its ransomware using leaked Babuk source code, which has been used by several threat actors to create their own malware. 

John Gunn, CEO, Token had this comment:

There is absolutely a trend emerging in ransomware attacks with cyber criminals going deeper into their victims’ systems to deal a more crippling blow, while raising the stakes and demanding ransoms in the tens of millions of dollars instead of just the millions.

Seeing as this is now public via an 8K, I imagine that we’ll get more details on this over the coming weeks. Thus you might want to keep an eye on this story.

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