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New Threat Actor "Aeroblade" Targets Aerospace Sector

December 5, 2023 Reading Time: 2 minutes

The emergence of AeroBlade, a new and sophisticated cyber threat actor, has raised significant concerns within the U.S. aerospace sector. This group, identified by the BlackBerry Threat Research and Intelligence team, has launched targeted cyber espionage attacks, showcasing their evolving tactics and techniques.

Summary of Events

AeroBlade’s operations began with a testing phase in September 2022, using spear-phishing emails with weaponised documents to penetrate corporate networks. These attacks escalated in complexity by July 2023, with the deployment of advanced reverse-shell payloads for data theft and reconnaissance. The threat actor’s evolving capabilities, including anti-analysis features and system persistence, indicate a strong focus on commercial cyber espionage.

Protective Measures for the Aerospace Sector

Organisations in the aerospace sector should adopt a multi-layered cybersecurity strategy to mitigate the threat posed by AeroBlade and similar actors. This includes:

  • Employee Awareness Training: Regularly educate employees about the risks of phishing attacks and the importance of not opening suspicious attachments or links.
  • Advanced Email Filtering: Implement robust email filtering solutions to detect and block phishing attempts.
  • Network Monitoring and Intrusion Detection Systems: Use advanced monitoring tools to detect unusual network activity and potential breaches.
  • Regular Software Updates and Patch Management: Keep all systems and software updated to protect against known vulnerabilities.
  • Incident Response Planning: Develop and regularly update an incident response plan to quickly address potential breaches.


AeroBlade represents a dynamic and evolving cyber threat to the aerospace industry, emphasising the need for continuous vigilance and proactive cybersecurity measures. As the landscape of cyber threats becomes more sophisticated, it’s imperative for organisations in the aerospace sector to strengthen their defenses and remain prepared for potential cyber attacks.

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