Hackers could leak Shimano's designs to competitors, cyber security expert says

Ransomware attack on Japanese company left it in a "conundrum"

Shimano neutral service car
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The ransomware attack on Shimano could lead to its future designs being leaked to competitors, a cyber security expert has said.

Last week it was reported by Escape Collective among others that the Japanese bike parts and fishing kit manufacturer was targeted by ransomware group LockBit, who were threatening to release 4.5 terabytes of sensitive data on November 5, 2023, at 18:34:13 UTC. It is not known if the situation was resolved on Sunday, but investigations are ongoing, as of Tuesday.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.