Shimano Suffers Major Ransomware Hit

Shimano is reeling from a LockBit ransomware attack, compromising 4.5TB of critical data, including sensitive employee and financial information.


LockBit’s Threat: A Data Apocalypse

LockBit has given Shimano until November 5 to prevent the public leak of stolen data, highlighting the urgency of robust cybersecurity measures.


Shimano in Crisis: Cyber Attack Amidst Financial Woes

Amidst declining sales and a product recall, Shimano now confronts a severe data breach, exacerbating its string of recent challenges.

News > Cyber-Attacks > Ransomware
by Kevin Wood

Cyber Siege: Shimano Under LockBit Ransomware Threat



Huge breach of data

In a world where digital fortresses are becoming as crucial as physical ones, Shimano, the titan of the cycling component industry, has fallen prey to a formidable cyber onslaught. A ransomware group known as LockBit has infiltrated Shimano’s defenses, compromising a staggering 4.5 terabytes of confidential data.

The breach, first detected by Falcon Feeds—a vanguard in technology security—was made public through an announcement on the platform formerly known as Twitter. Shimano, a beacon of Japanese manufacturing, now faces a chilling countdown: the attackers have set November 5, 2023, as the date of reckoning, threatening to unveil the stolen secrets at precisely 18:34:13 UTC.

The digital underworld’s whispers have been captured by Escape Collective, revealing that the ransomware assault on Shimano is not an isolated incident. The Ransom-db website, a live ledger of ransomware casualties, lists Shimano’s plight under the menacing shadow of LockBit 3.0, dating the cyber strike to November 2, 2023., a project dedicated to tracking the cybercrime syndicate’s movements across forums and encrypted channels, displays the ransom note in full—a grim tableau of the breach’s extent. The LockBit marauders claim to have seized a trove of sensitive intel:

  • Employee personal details, including identification, social security numbers, and passport scans.
  • A cache of financial records: balance sheets, profit and loss statements, bank accounts, and taxing details.
  • A dossier on clients: addresses, internal communication, confidential reports, and legal documents.
  • A compendium of Shimano’s proprietary information: non-disclosure agreements, contracts, design blueprints, research data, and test results.

Flashpoint, a cyber-crime defense agency, has cast LockBit as the hydra of the ransomware realm, attributing to it a colossal 27.93% of all documented ransomware onslaughts in the year leading up to June 2023. The group’s victim count doubles that of its nearest competitor, painting a grim picture for digital security.

Shimano’s breach adds to LockBit’s infamy, with previous conquests including the crippling of the Royal Mail’s international dispatch, the sabotage of Dublin’s Ion Group, and a staggering $70 million ransom demand from semiconductor titan TSMC.

As Boeing grapples with its own LockBit extortion, the cybercriminals’ reach into critical global industries is starkly highlighted. Shimano, maintaining a fortress of silence, offered only a terse statement from a spokesperson to Cyclingnews, indicating an internal investigation but no further disclosure.

The specter of a demanded ransom looms, yet remains shrouded in mystery. This digital incursion is but the latest in a series of tribulations for Shimano, which recently faced a massive recall and a resulting class-action lawsuit in North America, not to mention a precipitous downturn in sales and operating income.

This narrative serves as a dire warning to all enterprises: the digital realm harbors unseen threats, capable of breaching even the mightiest of bastions. It is a clarion call for robust cyber defense, a reminder that in this age of information, a company’s data vaults must be as impregnable as their physical ones.

For those who have yet to fortify their digital domains, now is the moment to seek expertise. Contact our company today—before the ticking clock of a cyber threat strikes your core.

“A blockquote highlights important information, which may or may not be an actual quote. It uses distinct styling to set it apart from other content on the page.”


  • Does your company have a DR plan already in place?
  • What happens when disaster strikes?
  • Contact us today and schedule a meeting with our team to discuss how we can help you and your company keep your data safe.
  • Email us today!