Australian defense contractor and shipbuilder Austal said it was hit by a cyberattack on November 1, 2018. According to the company’s statement, the hackers managed to steal the sensitive data of a few of its staff, including their email addresses and phone numbers. However, there was no evidence of theft of national security information or data pertaining to the company’s commercial operations.
Austal also said that the hackers attempted to extort the company, threatening to sell some of the materials manufactured by Austal for sale online. However, the company said that has not and will not respond to any extortion attempts.
The company said it referred the matter to the Australian Cyber Security Centre and Australian Federal Police.