US DoD Contracted Shipbuilding Company Austal USA Confirms Ransomware Attack

December 13, 2023


Austal USA confirmed that it suffered a cyberattack and is currently investigating the impact of the incident. a Austal USA is a shipbuilding company and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Hunters International ransomware and data extortion group claimed to have breached Austal USA and leaked some information as proof of the intrusion. Austal USA did not share if the threat actor was able to access data about engineering schematics or other proprietary U.S. Navy technology.

Hunters International emerged recently as a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation. The group is believed to be a rebrand of the Hive ransomware gang, a theory based on overlaps in the malware code.

Incident Date

December 2, 2023

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.


Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source