RansomEXX claims ransomware attack on Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo maker


The RansomEXX ransomware gang is claiming responsibility for the cyberattack against Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), disclosed by the company on August 8, 2022.

At the time, the Canadian maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Sea-Doo jet skis, ATVs, motorcycles, watercrafts, and Rotax engines informed the public of a temporary stop for all operations as a response to “malicious cyberactivity.”

The operational halt impacted production, too, and was expected to cause delays in certain transactions with customers and suppliers.

BRP employs over 20,000 people, counts close to $6 billion in annual sales, and distributes various products in more than120 countries, so even a minimal disruption in its production can have a serious financial impact.

On August 15, 2022, BRP provided an update on the situation, saying that four manufacturing sites in Canada, Finland, the U.S., and Austria resumed production, with the rest to follow suit by the end of that week.

In the same statement, the company presented the first results of its internal investigation, saying that the hackers breached its systems via a supply chain attack.

“The Company confirms that the malware infiltration came through a third-party service provider. BRP believes that the impact of the cyberattack was limited to its internal systems,” the company states.

“At this time, while the investigation is still ongoing, it has not revealed any evidence that its clients’ personal information would have been affected by the attack” – Bombardier Recreational Products

BRP promised to notify individuals or corporations directly if the ongoing investigation reveal a more widespread data breach.

RansomEXX leaks files

Yesterday, the RansomEXX gang listed Bombardier Recreational Products on its leak site along with 29.9GB of files allegedly stolen from the firm.

The samples provided on the onion site include non-disclosure agreements, passports and IDs, material supply agreements, contract renewals, and more.

It appears that the data breach doesn’t include sensitive customer data, yet the exposure of the said documents is still damaging for BRP.

Bombardier Recreational Products issued a statement today confirming that the leaked documents are authentic, adding that it is actively supporting impacted parties to mitigate the negative effects due to the exposure.

“BRP confirms that it has already contacted the very few employees who may have been impacted by the incident. The appropriate resources have been made available to them, including credit monitoring services” – Bombardier Recreational Products

“Based on the current status of its investigation, BRP also believes that the compromised information relating to certain of its suppliers is limited in quantity and sensitivity, and is in the process of contacting them,” the company added.

RansomEXX’s extortion site lists seven victims in 2022, indicating that the gang’s activity is quite low. However, it remains a threat for multiple platforms.

Last year, RansomEXX hit some high-profile companies, such as Taiwanese hardware giant GIGABYTE, logistics firm Hellmann Worldwide, Ecuador’s state-owned telco CNT, and Italian luxury fashion house Zegna.


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