Cyber attack on Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer

[German]In November 2020, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer S.A. was the victim of a cyber attack in which the company's files at one location were accessed and the data stock encrypted. Embraer has now confirmed the incident, and some details of how this happened have been leaked unofficially.


Embraer is the world's fourth largest (after Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier) listed aircraft manufacturer in the world. Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. is based in São José dos Campos (Brazil). As of November 30, 2020, the aircraft manufacturer had to admit to a cyber attack in which the company's data was accessed. I became aware of the story via the following tweet.

Cyberangriff beim Flugzeugbauer Embraer

In this news release, dated Nov. 30, 2020, the company informs about the cyber attack identified on November 25, 2020. As a result of this attack, access to company files at one location was not possible. In plain language, it was a ransomware attack in which the files were encrypted.

As a result of this incident, the company immediately initiated its emergency procedures to investigate and resolve the incident and began proactively isolating some of its systems to protect the system environment, temporarily affecting some operations. The Company continues to operate using emergency systems without significant impact on its operations. 

In the above tweet, there is a note that an infected machine was found by an Embraer employee who attacked the company's files. While the company remains silent on the details, Security Week, citing Brazilian media Globo, who reports that ransomware was involved. It is not clear whether files were extincted and how extensive the attack really was. 


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