Air Canada Data Breach: BianLian Extortion Group Claims A Massive Heist Contrary To Airline’s Earlier Statement

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Oct 12, 2023 05:10 am PST

In a startling disclosure, the malicious extortion group, BianLian, has claimed responsibility for breaching the network of Air Canada, the nation’s premier airline and a founding member of Star Alliance. This revelation comes amidst a contrasting statement from Air Canada in September, downplaying the severity of the breach.

The nefarious BianLian group has purportedly made away with a whopping 210GB of data following the network intrusion. This claim starkly contrasts the earlier statement from Air Canada, which had indicated only a limited impact concerning some employee information and certain records.

Adding salt to the wound, BianLian, notorious for its extortion endeavors, went on to share screenshots of the purloined data on their dark web leak site, evidently mocking the airline’s understated disclosure. The data, as claimed by the extortionists, encompasses a broad spectrum ranging from technical and operational documents, SQL backups, employee personal information, vendor and supplier data, to confidential documents and archives from company databases spanning from 2008 to 2023.

The extortion group, which switched its modus operandi to extortion-only attacks since January 2023, chided Air Canada for disseminating “half-truths” about the attack. They provided a detailed account of their attack on their official dark leak site, casting doubts on the airline’s transparency regarding the incident..

Air Canada, on its part, acknowledged the extortion threats but did not confirm BianLian’s claims of orchestrating the breach. They reiterated their unwillingness to engage with the anonymous group’s claims based on cybercrime, urging responsible reporting on such issues. The airline has yet to provide further details regarding the number of affected individuals, the exact date of the breach, and its detection timeline.

As the clouds of uncertainty loom, the saga reveals the critical importance of cybersecurity in safeguarding sensitive organizational and customer data against the ever-evolving threat landscape. The contrasting narratives between Air Canada and the BianLian extortion group underscore the challenge of navigating the murky waters of cybersecurity and the imperative of robust, transparent responses to such adversarial actions.