The Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte suffered a serious cyber attack courtesy of the hacker group RansomEXX. It appears that the attack has had no impact on the company’s day-to-day manufacturing side, which is focused on PC hardware but has hit internal servers hard.
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While the full extent of the hack is currently unknown, the perpetrators are now allegedly threatening Gigabyte with the release of the leaked data and have added screenshots of internal reports from AMD, Intel and American Megatrends in addition to the threats.
All three companies are involved in the manufacture of critical PC components, including motherboards, graphics cards, and computer chips – and while we don’t know exactly what data the hackers were working with, much of it is reportedly under NDA and is not meant to be seen by the public .
This cyber attack follows a similar hack Acer earlier in the year, where ransomware group REvil stole company data and demanded a huge $ 50 million ransom to take it back. The outcome of this hack was unclear, but it seems pretty similar to Gigabyte’s challenges.
As more and more companies are switching to online work structures from home due to the pandemic, ransomware attacks are increasing steadily, also beyond the area of technical manufacturing. Our friends from Gizmodo recently rounded up the largest of these, but all you have to do is browse the names to see how big the problem gets.
Even meat processors have gotten into trouble lately, with supplier JBS Foods reportedly spending $ 11 million in May to have its stolen data decrypted.
It’s currently unclear what the amount RansomEXX is aiming for, and Gigabyte has been relatively quiet on the matter, save for brief comments The recording. But it is clear that cybersecurity is becoming a forward-looking challenge as we move into our new, more digital age.
This story originally appeared on Kotaku Australia