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    Its systems were reportedly seized by Maze, a group that exfiltrates data before encrypting and locking off systems. Bleeping Computer obtained a partial screenshot of the purported ransom note sent to Canon, and said that Maze confirmed that it had stolen “10 terabytes of data, private databases, etc.” as part of the attack. By combining data theft with ransomware, Maze can attempt to blackmail companies that may have full system backups. Canon’s image.canon cloud photo storage site was also affected, though apparently not by the same problem. On the site’s home page , Canon says that “some of the photo and video image files saved in the 10GB long-term storage prior to June 16, 2020 9:00 AM (JST) were...
    Just one week after Garmin recovered from a ransomware attack, data and systems belonging to Japanese tech firm Canon are reportedly now being held hostage. BleepingComputer reports that 10TB of company data has been stolen as Canon suffers widespread ongoing system outages. More than two dozen Canon-owned domains have been affected by the outage. Canon’s USA website currently says it’s down for maintenance although its global and Japanese websites seems unaffected. An internal email from Canon IT reportedly said that the company is experiencing “wide spread system issues affecting multiple applications, Teams, Email, and other systems may not be available at this time.” BleepingComputer also obtained a partial screenshot of the alleged ransom note sent to Canon that identifies Maze...
    It hasn’t been revealed who was behind the attack nor to whom a ransom (if any) was paid. Some security researchers believe the WastedLocker ransomware (said to be the cause of the outage) is linked to a Russia-based group of cybercriminals known as Evil Corp. The US Treasury sanctioned that organization last year, accusing it of being responsible for developing and distributing another form of malware called Dridex. The sanction “generally prohibited” US persons from “engaging in transactions” with specific companies and people linked to Evil Corp. Arete Incident Response, which helps companies secure their networks and resolve attacks, recently suggested that WastedLocker was not conclusively the work of Evil Corp. It published a study on that topic the day...
    A type of cyber crime known as “ransomware” could disrupt or even sabotage the 2020 presidential election, some tech experts fear. As The Associated Press reported, a ransomware attack occurs when a computer user unwittingly installs malicious code on their computer — such as through downloading a file or even clicking a link. That code then hijacks the user’s data, and the criminal who installed the code will only allow the user to access their data once a fee — a “ransom” — is paid. In some cases, those ransoms have turned out to be tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, usually paid via an untraceable crypto currency such as Bitcoin. For example, as BBC News reported, in...
    By ERIC TUCKER, CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say one of the gravest threats to the November election is a well-timed ransomware attack that could paralyze voting operations. The threat isn't just from foreign governments, but any fortune-seeking criminal. Ransomware attacks targeting state and local governments have been on the rise, with cyber criminals seeking quick money by seizing data and holding it hostage until they get paid. The fear is that such attacks could affect voting systems directly or even indirectly, by infecting broader government networks that include electoral databases. Even if a ransomware attack fails to disrupt elections, it could nonetheless rattle confidence in the vote. On the spectrum of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say one of the gravest threats to the November election is a well-timed ransomware attack that could paralyze voting operations. The threat isn’t just from foreign governments, but any fortune-seeking criminal. Ransomware attacks targeting state and local governments have been on the rise, with cyber criminals seeking quick money by seizing data and holding it hostage until they get paid. The fear is that such attacks could affect voting systems directly or even indirectly, by infecting broader government networks that include electoral databases. Even if a ransomware attack fails to disrupt elections, it could nonetheless rattle confidence in the vote. On the spectrum of threats from the fantastical to the more probable, experts and...
    The George W. Bush Presidential Center was hacked in a recent ransomware attack in which some donors’ information was stolen but purportedly destroyed later, according to the center. Data management services provider Blackbaud told the Bush Center on July 16 that it had thwarted the attack in May — but that the cybercriminals “removed a copy of some of the Bush Center’s data regarding donors and other contacts,” the center said in a statement. “According to Blackbaud, any Social Security numbers or payment card information contained in the affected systems were encrypted and the decryption keys were not compromised,” the release said. “However, there was unencrypted, less sensitive information obtained, such as name, birth date, physical and email addresses, telephone...
    BOSTON (AP) — The GPS device maker Garmin Ltd. acknowledged Monday being victimized by a cyberattack last week that encrypted some of its systems, knocking its fitness tracking and pilot navigation services offline. It said systems would be fully restored in the next few days. In an online statement, the company did not specify that it was the target of a ransomware attack, in which hackers infiltrate a company’s network and use encryption to scramble data until payment is received. But a person familiar with the incident response told The Associated Press the attackers had turned over decryption keys that would allow Garmin to unlock the data scrambled in the attack. The person spoke on condition they not be...
    By FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The GPS device maker Garmin Ltd. acknowledged Monday being victimized by a cyberattack last week that encrypted some of its systems, knocking its fitness tracking and pilot navigation services offline. It said systems would be fully restored in the next few days. In an online statement, the company did not specify that it was the target of a ransomware attack, in which hackers infiltrate a company's network and use encryption to scramble data until payment is received. But a person familiar with the incident response told The Associated Press the attackers had turned over decryption keys that would allow Garmin to unlock the data scrambled in the attack. The person spoke on...
    BOSTON (AP) — The GPS device maker Garmin Ltd. acknowledged Monday being victimized by a cyberattack last week that encrypted some of its systems, knocking its fitness tracking and pilot navigation services offline. It said systems would be fully restored in the next few days. In an online statement, the company did not specify that it was the target of a ransomware attack, in which hackers infiltrate a company’s network and use encryption to scramble data until payment is received. But a person familiar with the incident response told The Associated Press the attackers had turned over decryption keys that would allow Garmin to unlock the data scrambled in the attack. The person spoke on condition they not be...
    New York (CNN)Five days after a massive ransomware attack, some of Garmin's services are beginning to come back online."We are happy to report that Garmin Connect recovery is underway," the company announced on the Garmin Connect website, listing several platforms and features that are operating at limited or full capacity.Garmin Connect workouts are still not able to synch to devices and the app is still under maintenance.Ultimately, the shutdown could cost tens of millions of dollars for Garmin, according to Sam Curry, chief security officer of cybersecurity company Cybereason. Shareholders will have a better sense of the losses after Garmin's quarterly earnings call this Wednesday.He said the ransomware attack on Garmin was "crippling," calling it "the corporate equivalent of a...
    The American GPS and fitness-tracker company Garmin is dealing with the aftermath of a ransomware attack, the BBC has confirmed. Owners of its products had been unable to use its services since Thursday. However, some of its online tools are now being provided in a "limited" state, according to its online dashboard. It is not known if the firm paid the blackmailers, but a source said it was in the "final stage of recovery". The BBC's cyber reporter Joe Tidy said the malware involved was Wasted Locker - a program that scrambles the target's data, and was first detected in the wild around April. Victims are typically contacted after their computers are infected, and told they must transfer funds if...
    Garmin services appear to be coming online after having been down since late Wednesday from an apparent ransomware attack. Garmin Connect, the service that lets runners, swimmers, and athletes of all sorts obsessively track their performance measured by Garmin wearables, is now syncing data again, The News Brig can confirm. All of our training data collected since Wednesday is now visible in the Garmin app. Dozens of relieved Garmin owners on Twitter are also reporting the first signs of life, seeing data collected from their wearables now appear in the Garmin Connect app on their phones. Garmin’s app, however, is still reporting server maintenance and the Garmin status page recently went offline, so Garmin users might not be in...
    MILLIONS of cyclists and runners across the globe have found their Garmin wearable gadgets are down for a fifth day. Over the weekend, it was revealed that the lengthy outage is the work of a sinister Russian playboy hacker – here's everything you need to know. 6Fitness-enthusiasts have been unable to access Garmin's online services since July 23Credit: Getty Images - Getty Is Garmin down? Fitness smartwatch firm Garmin shut down its connected services and call centres on July 23 following what the company called a worldwide outage. As of Monday, July 27, the outage is ongoing with no end in sight. Problems affect Garmin services including Garmin Connect, which wearers use to manage and upload data collected by their...
    The computer networks of smartwatch and electronics firm Garmin have been offline for a fourth consecutive day after becoming the apparent victim of a ransomware attack affecting both its aviation and fitness app services. The company said on Twitter that its website and Garmin Connect fitness app had been offline since Thursday. It said the 'flyGarmin' site used for aviation databases was also down. Garmin has still offered no explanation for the outage but security analysts said the reason is likely ransomware, a technique used by hackers to encrypt data and extort funds.  Garmin is being asked to pay a $10 million ransom after a cyberattack has taken down its systems and apps including its website, pictured, for four...
    Garmin They have been disabled since July 23, 2020, allegedly due to a ransomware attack. “data-reactid =” 19 “> The servers and services of the smart watch manufacturer Garmin have been disabled since July 23, 2020, allegedly by a ransomware attack. TechCrunch, the morning of this July 25, 2020, indicated that the incident was caused by an attack of this type, according to two sources with full knowledge of the matter. “data-reactid =” 20 “> TechCrunch, the morning of On July 25, 2020, he indicated that the incident was caused by an attack of this type, according to two sources with full knowledge of the matter. In anonymity, they added that the firm continues to try to connect its service...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area fitness enthusiasts continued to be frustrated Saturday because their Garmin tracking watches were not working. The tracking service — a popular way for runners and cyclists to upload data from their latest workouts — has been down since Thursday. On Saturday, Forbes.com reported the outage has been caused by a ransomware attack. Forbes reported that Garmin employees have told BleepingComputer that the company was struck down by the WastedLocker ransomware. The hackers were demanding a $10 million ransom. Fitness enthusiasts took to social media to vent their frustrations about not being able to use the service. Runners said that while the outage doesn’t stop them from training, not being...
    (CNN)Garmin (GRMN), the GPS and wearable device company, says a widespread blackout has left its fitness devices, website and call centers offline for more than 24 hours in what may be a ransomware attack."We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin.com and Garmin Connect," the company announced on Twitter and the Garmin Connect website. "This outage also affects our call centers, and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats."Garmin Connect allows users to track and analyze their fitness activities using the Garmin website and app. Since Thursday, however, the outage has prevented new downloads of the app, and the website was still shut down as of midday Friday Eastern Time. Aviation has also been...
    Garmin is experiencing a widespread outage affecting its website, apps, Connect data-syncing platform and other services, the company has announced on Twitter. The issue has even affected its call centers, preventing the company from receiving any calls, emails or online messages. While the company says it’s working to resolve the issue, it didn’t reveal the reason behind the outage. According to ZDNet, though, Garmin had to shut down everything for a few days to deal with the aftermath of a ransomware attack that left its internal network encrypted. This outage also affects our call centers, and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as...
    Garmin fitness devices have been left disconnected for nearly a day after the company suffered a major outage, possibly caused by a ransomware attack. The outage first reported by Garmin over 20 hours ago, as of this writing, affects Garmin wearables and apps, as well as Garmin call centers. “We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin.com and Garmin Connect. This outage also affects our call centers, and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats,” wrote the company on Twitter and its Garmin Connect website. The outage as seen from the Garmin Connect app. Garmin Connect is the service that allows owners of Garmin devices like Forerunner smartwatches to...
    GARMIN'S mobile app is currently down with some reports blaming a ransomware attack. The smartwatch and wearable company has confirmed the outage on Twitter and its website. We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect, and as a result, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app are down at this time. (1/2)— Garmin (@Garmin) July 23, 2020 The outage means that it can't receive calls, emails or online chats so frustrated users are struggling to complain that the app and website aren't working. Garmin tweeted: "We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect, and as a result, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app are down at this time. "This outage also affects our call centers,...
    Smartwatch maker Garmin is suffering widespread outages after it was reportedly targeted in a ransomware attack.   The company announced temporary outages on multiple platforms - including its website, user data-syncing service Garmin Connect and customer service center - on Thursday, promising to get the problems resolved as soon as possible.   Garmin did not disclose the cause of the issues, but multiple employees took to social media and revealed that a ransomware attack had encrypted its internal network and some production systems, according to ZDNet.   The outlet reported that Garmin is now planning a multi-day maintenance window to deal with the aftermath of the attack - leaving thousands of users without the ability to sync their devices with the mobile app...
    A Michigan school district is the latest entity to fall prey to "ransomware," with hackers seizing control of its computer system and demanding $10,000 in bitcoin to release it. District officials at Richmond Community Schools said their servers were attacked by ransomware during the holiday break and that the virus affected telephones, copiers and classroom technology. The district has closed three schools for the week so employees can resolve the problem, which officials believe will be "a very time-consuming process." Student and staff information wasn't compromised, the district said. Richmond Community Schools Superintendent Brian Walmsley said officials won't pay the ransom. "There's no guarantee we'll get [the server files] back," he said. "And we don't know if that's $10,000 for each file or each...
    Hackers successfully extorted $1.14million from the University of California San Francisco after breaching its internal networks with malicious ransomware. The attack was organized by the Netwalker gang, a hacker group that uses ransomware of the same name, who gained access to UCSF's protected files in early June. After extended negotiation with the hackers, UCSF management agreed to pay the hackers 116.4 bitcoins, or $1,140,895, in exchange for their files being returned. The FBI is currently investigating the attack, and UCSF management have not disclosed how the hackers introduced the ransomware to their network nor described what specific files were affected. Hackers targeted University of San Francisco with a ransomeware attack in early June, locking the staff out of several...
    The notorious Russian hacking group Evil Corp has breached 31 major American corporations with a new ransomware attack targeting employees working from home. The cybersecurity firm Symantec first announced the breach and attributed it to a sophisticated new ransomware called WastedLocker. The company has declined to disclose the identities of the targeted companies, but they include eight Fortune 500 companies and one major news publication. Russian hacking group Evil Corp has launched a new wave of ransomware attacks that has affected at least 31 major American corporations, including eight Fortune 500 companies '[T]hese hackers have a decade of experience and they aren’t wasting time with small, two-bit outfits,' Symantec's Eric Chien told the New York Times. 'They are going...