REvil’s hit on defense contractor tests Biden’s tough talk on cyberattacks


The REvil cybergang hit a defense contractor whose customers include the U.S. military in a brash test of President Biden’s tough talk seeking to deter cyberattackers bombarding America.

The Russia-linked REvil claimed it stole 23 gigabytes of data belonging to HX5, a Florida-based defense contractor working on aerospace and weapon launch technology that lists its clients as including the Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, and General Services Administration. It first published screenshots of some of the allegedly stolen material on a website, “The Happy Blog,” on Wednesday.

Targeting a company with U.S. military customers indicates that cybercriminals have not changed their behavior because of threatened action by the U.S. government and Mr. Biden, according to cybersecurity professionals.

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