World’s largest bank hit by LockBit ransomware gang linked to Boeing, Ion attacks

  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, suffered a serious ransomware attack on its US branch, potentially threatening global financial stability.
  • LockBit’s recent ransomware attack on ICBC, utilizing the ‘CitrixBleed’ vulnerability, showcases the escalating cyber threat to secure financial networks.

ICBC cyberattack: serious concerns for global financial stability

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), recognised as the world’s largest bank, recently encountered a severe ransomware attack on its US branch. This incident is believed to have been carried out by the notorious LockBit ransomware gang, and not only disrupted the bank’s operations but also raised alarms over the potential threat to global financial stability.

Established in 1984 and headquartered in Beijing, ICBC stands as a pillar of the global financial system. With a reported total asset value of an astounding 39.61 trillion yuan (US$5.4 trillion) in 2022, ICBC’s vast scale and influence in the global financial market are obvious. The attack’s precision and scale have put financial institutions worldwide on high alert, underscoring the need for enhanced cybersecurity measures in an increasingly interconnected financial landscape.

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ICBC cyberattack: a sophisticated breach by LockBit

The LockBit ransomware group, notorious for its assaults on major corporations, replicated its previous strategy used in the attack on aerospace giant Boeing in their recent incursion into ICBC’s US operations. This move demonstrates their capability to penetrate and compromise even the most secure systems.

This latest cyberattack against ICBC is emblematic of an escalating trend of sophisticated cybersecurity threats targeting vital players in the global financial sector. The attack was executed with precision, exploiting a specific known vulnerability in the bank’s network infrastructure, CVE-2023-4966, also known as “CitrixBleed,” as per cybersecurity experts. This flaw, which impacts crucial NetScaler ADC and Gateway appliances used for network traffic management, provided LockBit with an entry point to effectively infiltrate and deploy their ransomware.

The exploitation of “CitrixBleed” underscores the complicated nature of the attack, indicating a deep understanding of ICBC’s network infrastructure by the attackers. The breach of such a heavily fortified institution accentuates the critical need for continuous technological vigilance and the implementation of advanced security protocols within the banking sector.

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