DarkVault Ransomware Hits Lithuanian Space Tech Firm Nordspace

Incident Date:

June 10, 2024

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DarkVault Ransomware Hits Lithuanian Space Tech Firm Nordspace






Vilnius, Lithuania

, Lithuania

First Reported

June 10, 2024

DarkVault Ransomware Attack on Nordspace

Overview of Nordspace

Nordspace, a Lithuanian company specializing in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced space technologies, has become the latest victim of the DarkVault ransomware group. Known for their innovative solutions in satellite communications, space exploration, and Earth observation, Nordspace plays a significant role in advancing space technology. The company operates in the manufacturing sector, focusing on projects ranging from CubeSats to large-scale satellite constellations.

Company Profile

Nordspace is based in Lithuania and operates under the registered name "UTIISIB NordSpace" with a registration number of 305564463. The company has a subsidiary in Latvia, "Nordspace-Jurkalnes, SIA," which is currently in the process of liquidation. Nordspace has a paid capital of 352,800 EUR and is owned by Lithuanian citizens. The company is medium-sized, with a presence in multiple Baltic countries.

Details of the Attack

The ransomware group DarkVault claimed responsibility for the attack on Nordspace via their dark web leak site. The attack has compromised Nordspace's operations, which include building satellites for high-speed data transmission, developing technologies for space exploration, and designing Earth observation satellites. The exact method of penetration remains unclear, but it is likely that DarkVault exploited vulnerabilities in Nordspace's cybersecurity defenses.

About DarkVault Ransomware Group

DarkVault is a relatively new ransomware group that has quickly made a name for itself by emulating the design and tactics of the LockBit ransomware group. They have published data from 19 victims on their leak site as of April. DarkVault's use of the LockBit Black ransomware has led to speculation about a possible rebranding. The group's sophisticated approach and dark web operations make it challenging for authorities to track and counter their activities.

Potential Vulnerabilities

Nordspace's involvement in high-stakes projects like satellite communications and space exploration makes it an attractive target for ransomware groups. The company's reliance on advanced technologies and data transmission systems could have presented exploitable vulnerabilities. The attack underscores the importance of robust cybersecurity measures, especially for companies operating in critical sectors like space technology.


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