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Compal, world’s second-largest laptop maker hit by ransomware

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Taiwan- based electronics company, Compal that manufactures laptops for some of the world’s largest computer brands, was hit by a ransomware over the weekend.

A screenshot of the ransom note was shared by Compal employees with Yahoo Taiwan reporters and it appears that the DoppelPaymer ransomware gang is behind the breach.

According to Taiwanese media, the incident was discovered on Sunday morning and it has affected almost 30% of Compal’s computer fleet.

The employees who came for work were asked by Compal’s IT staff to check the status of their workstations and back up important files on systems that were not impacted. The IT team has been reinstalling encrypted workstations since then.

Compal Deputy Manager Director Qingxiong Lu gave a statement to United News Network reporters on Monday, admitting about the security breach affected by the company but he denied that the company’s recent downtime was caused by ransomware.

Qingxiong said that Compal is not being blackmailed by hackers as rumored. He also said that the incident impacted only the company’s internal office network while Compal production lines, which build laptops for other companies, have not been impacted.

Compal is world’s second-largest contract laptop manufacturer in the world after Taiwan-based Quanta Computer.

Compal has produced laptops for companies like Apple, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, HP, and Fujitsu. They also manufacture monitors, tablets, smartwatches, smart TVs, and other computer peripherals.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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