Phishing Incident at Major Mexican Airport

November 1, 2023

The Querétaro Intercontinental Airport is responding to a cyberattack. The airport is one of the highest-traffic airports in Mexico, situated about three hours from Mexico City. Reports confirm that it had been attacked by hackers. A notice on social media sites states it had called in experts to help address the issue. On Monday, the LockBit ransomware gang took credit for the attack, threatening to leak the data on November 27.

“We reported that we had a cyberattack incident and are working with experts to address this situation. AIQ systems are operating normally. The safety of our passengers and operations remains our top priority,” the airport said, according to a translation of the notice, posted Tuesday.

Officials said the cyberattack was traced back to an employee downloading a file containing malware.

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Cyber Incident at Coca Cola Mexico

April 26, 2023

In a Statement the Coca Cola FEMSA states the company is working with experts on measures to prevent an adverse impact on its information technology applications. While such measures are being implemented, the Company expects to continue its operations through back-up procedures and will prioritize the protection of the integrity, confidentiality and availability of its information.

A forensic assessment is currently underway to determine the scope of the cyber incident.

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Operations Disrupted: Mexico Airport Internet Cables Cut

November 25, 2022

Passengers missed connections because thieves cut the fiber optic cables leading into the Mexico City airport, forcing immigration authorities to return to using slow paper forms. Authorities said the thieves who mistakenly thought the fiber optic cables were sale-able copper. They stressed it happened outside airport property but, in fact, it was a cable conduit that leads directly into the airport from less than a mile away.

Rogelio Rodriguez Garduño, an aviation expert who teaches aeronautical law at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said the events reflect a decades long decay in Mexico’s aviation regulation. Mexico, unlike most countries, doesn’t have an independent aviation agency.

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Mexico’s Transportation Ministery Halts Commercial Trucking Services for 2 Months

October 24, 2022

Mexico’s transportation ministry has stopped issuing new permits, license plates and driver’s licenses for commercial truck operators until Dec. 31 because of a cyberattack in late October, creating possible delays for transporters. Permits that expire on these dates will be automatically extended until December 31, the agency added. Officials for Mexico’s trucking industry said SICT’s decision to delay issuing new permits and licenses could hurt the country’s domestic supply chain, as well as cross-border trade with the United States.

“In cross-border transportation services, the American authority has the power to request the driver’s license — not having the registration of the procedure and the current document, supposes a large number of drivers and trucks that would be losing all opportunity to operate,” according to a news release from Mexico’s National Chamber of Freight Transport (CANACAR).

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Foxconn Hit in Ransomware Attack for Second Time

May 31, 2022

Smartphone manufacturing giant Foxconn is recovering from a May ransomware attack that disrupted operations at one of its Mexico-based production facilities, officials said. This is the second attack the company suffered in two years. The LockBit ransomware group claimed to have attacked the company’s offices in Tijuana and threatened to leak the data stolen during the attack by June 11.

The affected production plant is Foxconn Baja California, located in the city of Tijuana, MX, which specializes in the production of medical devices, consumer electronics and industrial operations.

Dragos claimed plant was down for two weeks, without mentioning their source.

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Foxconn Hit By Ransomware

November 29, 2020

Electronics giant Foxconn suffered a ransomware attack at a Mexican facility over the Thanksgiving weekend.Foxconn is the largest electronics manufacturing company globally, with revenue of $172 billion in 2019 and over 800,000 employees worldwide. Foxconn subsidiaries include Sharp Corporation, Innolux, FIH Mobile, and Belkin.

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Pemex Ransomware Attack

November 10, 2019

Pemex said that its oil and gas operations were not disrupted and storage was unaffected but some employees disagreed.

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