30.01.2023

Hackers share details of Canadian military spy plane on dark web

Aerospace firm Bombardier, whose Global 6000 plane is used for Saab’s GlobalEye spy system, says it was the victim of a “limited cybersecurity breach.”

Hackers have shared details of a Canadian military spy plane after its manufacturers seemingly refused to pay a cyber ransom.

That saw detailed plans of the airborne early warning system developed by the Swedish defence company Saab being dumped on the dark web site CLOP^_-LEAKS.

“Forensic analysis revealed that personal and other confidential information relating to employees, customers, and suppliers was compromised,” said Bombardier in a statement.

The company made no mention of any ransom in their statement not did they mention CLOP by name.

A string of companies have been victim of the CLOP ransoms, including the law firm Jones Day, which represents ex-president Donald Trump.

Other organisations to be hit by CLOP include the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Colorado university and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

The CLOP website was launched in March 2020 to publish data stolen from groups or companies that refuse to pay a ransom, according to cyber-security firm Cyware.

Saab says that GlobalEye is a “surveillance solution that ensures quick and accurate coverage of vast distances of air, sea or land, with the ability to switch between surveillance areas in an instant.”

It is currently in use in countries including Mexico, Brazil, Greece, Pakistan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Sweden.

Bombardier has not returned a request for comment from The Independent.

Jeff Bezos: What will the billionaire do after Amazon?

Imagine, if you can, in a pre-Covid world, wandering into a highly exclusive cocktail party populated by some of the wealthiest people on earth. Mostly male, but you’d easily spot the Queen in there, maybe chatting over a Dubonnet and gin with the only other female in the room, Alice Walton, heiress of the Walmart fortune.

Some distance away, conspiratorially in a corner there might be Donald Trump, Diet Coke in hand, Silvio Berlusconi and Rupert Murdoch. The Duke of Westminster, owner of much of central London, has caught the interest of Sir Paul McCartney. Warren Buffett, the legendary investor, might be dispensing sage advice to Lionel Messi, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo about their nest eggs.

Quite the gathering, but if you sneaked away to do a little googling you’d soon discover that, loaded as they all are (the Queen would actually be the poorest attendee), if you put all their assets together, and give or take the odd billion down the back of a settee, their combined net worth is less than that of Jeff Bezos, technically still a bloke who works at Amazon (though given that he still owns 10 per cent of it, it might better be said that Amazon works for him).

Bezos’ share of the $1.6 trillion (£1.2 trillion) Amazon is worth as a quoted company outweighs the lot of them. Alongside Elon Musk, usually ranked at the top of the rich lists, Bezos is either the richest person on the planet, or else narrow runner-up. Bezos, by the way, points out that because he has sold 82 per cent of his shares over the years, he and his companies have also enriched many more shareholders and pension funds.

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