Smartwatch maker Garmin taken offline after Ransomware Attack


Smartwatch and wearables maker Garmin was hit by a targeted ransomware attack and is currently dealing with a worldwide service interruption.

According to the company’s website and the Twitter account the outage has affected Garmin.com and Garmin Connect.

The outage had also affected their call centers which made it impossible for them to receive any calls, emails or online chats. The company has apologized for the inconvenience caused and are working hard to resolve the issue as early as possible.

The company was forced to shut down some of its connected services temporarily including Garmin Express, Garmin Connect mobile, and the website. This has caused millions of its users from accessing the cloud services or even syncing their watches locally to the app.

More information regarding the attack is available, but according to some local media reports, the attackers have managed to compromise the company’s application and database servers with ransomware.

Garmin has sent announcements to its IT staff in Taiwan-based factories announcing the next two days of planned maintenance, i.e., July 24 and 25.

Various sources suggest that the cyberattack may have involved WastedLocker, one of the targeted ransomware gang, known as the Evil Corp or Dridex.

WastedLocker is a new ransomware family which has been active since the last few months and its operators usually compromise corporate networks, performing privilege escalation, and then using lateral movement to install ransomware on valuable systems before demanding millions of dollars in ransom payment.

SentinelOne researchers stated that WastedLocker uses JavaScript-based SocGholish toolset to deliver payload by masquerading as system or software updates, exploits UAC bypass techniques to elevate privileges, and leverages Cobalt Strike for lateral movements.

Garmin has not yet officially confirmed whether it was a ransomware attack or not. More details about the incident is yet to be known.

Image Credits : Yahoo News

Priyanka R
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