Garmin’s four-day service meltdown was caused by ransomware

published 27.07.2020 22:03

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Some employees of the company soon took to social media sites to report that Garmin was taken down by a ransomware attack, which exploits vulnerabilities or misconfigurations to burrow into a company’s network.

Later on Thursday, the company said it was experiencing an outage of Garmin Connect, FlyGarmin, customer support centers, and other services.

“Garmin Ltd. was the victim of a cyber attack that encrypted some of our systems on July 23, 2020,” the company wrote in a Monday morning post.

GPS device and services provider Garmin on Monday confirmed that the worldwide outage that took down the vast majority of its offerings for five days was caused by a ransomware attack.

The Treasury’s action could complicate the already difficult position of Garmin and other Evil Corp. victims by leaving them open to legal actions if they pay the crime gang for return of the encrypted data.

by Dan Goodin from arstechnica.com

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