A group of hackers is selling secret military documents on the Internet, which contain data on the modern weapons systems of NATO countries and, probably, the mission of the alliance in the Baltic states. The data breach occurred in Italy. This is reported by the BBC.
Thus, hackers managed to gain access to data related to a major European arms manufacturer - MBDA Missile Systems, a European company headquartered in France.
Stolen data is sold on Russian and English forums. The amount of information is 80 GB, and the price is 15 bitcoins (approximately $321,000). The hackers claim that they have already sold a collection of documents to at least one unknown buyer.
In the announcement of the sale of the stolen data, the hackers claimed to have "classified information about employees of companies that participated in the development of closed military projects," as well as "project documentation, drawings, presentations, video and photo materials, contracts and correspondence with other companies." .
The 50 MB free sample data that the Air Force was able to review includes documents marked "NATO Confidential," "NATO Restricted Use," and "Non-Classified Controlled Information."
In addition to the sample, the criminals provided additional documents by e-mail, including two marked "NATO Secret".
The hackers did not confirm from which sources they extracted the materials.
MBDA has admitted that there was a leak and that the package for sale contains documents belonging to it, but the firm assures that there was nothing classified in the stolen files.
"The company's internal review has shown that the data available on the Internet is neither secret nor confidential," the company said.
However, some of the documents known to have been stolen from the MBDA are marked as "official information not to be released or reproduced."
NATO, in turn, stated the following: "We are assessing the situation with data likely stolen from MBDA. We do not see any signs that the integrity of any NATO networks has been breached."
According to the former official, the likelihood that these documents have been declassified is low, given that most of the files appear to have been created between 2017 and 2020.
"NATO has too many classified documents, but this marking is not useless. It is considered a data compiler, and the label "NATO SECRET" is not used anywhere. This is really the information that NATO does not want to make public," he said.