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Hackers Target Embraer, Leak NAF A-29 Tucano Data

Data related to the activities of Embraer, a Brazilian manufacturer of aircraft, have appeared on the dark web, according to a report by ZDNet.

The report said, “Hackers leaked some of the company’s private files as revenge after the airplane maker refused to negotiate and instead chose to restore systems from backups without paying their ransom demand”.

The data stolen and leaked by the hackers included Embraer employees file, business contracts, photos of flight simulations and file on Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano program.

Embraer, one of the largest producers of civilian and military aircraft was a victim of a ransomware attack last month.

According to a statement issued by the firm, Embraer spotted the intrusion on November 25, 2020.

The company stated that upon discovering the security breach, it immediately initiated procedures to protect the rest of its network infrastructure and isolating other systems proactively. 

Six of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano ordered for the Nigerian Air Force have been manufactured and currently in use for training of pilots, engineers, technicians and logisticians at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

The 12 Super Tucanos will be based at 407 Air Combat Training Group, Kainji in Niger State. 

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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