Garmin, the maker of GPS technologies and wearable devices, has reportedly been hit by WastedLocker ransomware in a cyberattack that demands $ 10 million to release its data. According to the report in BleepingOrdinateur
, the company has been down worldwide since Thursday.The cyberattack has affected consumers who use the run and bike fitness sessions in the Garmin Connect app and pilots who use the aviation database services, and all call centers are closed.
“We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin.com and Garmin Connect,” read a post on the company’s website. “This outage is also affecting our call centers and we are currently unable to receive calls, emails or online chats. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and we apologize for the inconvenience. ”Garmin has confirmed in its FAQs that it has no reason to believe that user data has been affected.
“Garmin has no indication that this outage affected your data, including activity, payment, or other personal information. ”
BleepingOrdinateur reportedly received screenshots showing long lists of company files encrypted by the malware, with a ransom note attached to each file. Sources said BleepingOrdinateur that the ransom amount was $ 10 million, but the website said it was unable to independently confirm this amount.
According to a report in ZDNet, Garmin “is planning a multi-day maintenance window to deal with the aftermath of the attack, which includes shutting down its official website, Garmin Connect’s user data synchronization service, aviation database services. Garmin and even some production lines in Asia ”.
It was also reported that the company has shut down all databases and employee computers connected through a VPN to prevent the ransomware from spreading.