RansomEXX Ransomware hits Gigabyte


A ransomware attack targeted on Taiwan-based Laptop Manufacturer Gigabyte is said to have halted the production operation of the company from the past few days. And as per a source from Bleeping Computer, the computer hardware manufacturer was hit by RansomEXX ransomware that could have led to data steal and encryption of data on a few of the critical servers used to manage the IT Infrastructure of the Motherboard manufacturing company.

Preliminary investigation has proved that few of the servers related to manufacturing were hit badly by the file encrypting malware. But authorities estimate that the severity could be worse and the financial implications could only be known when a deep probe is conducted. The website and the support page of the Taiwan-based company is yet to be recovered.

Cybersecurity Insiders have learnt that the hackers stole around 112GB of sensitive data from the repository and it includes sensitive information related to Intel and AMD silicon wafer chips.

RansomEXX demands millions in cryptocurrency to free up the databases of its victims. And with Gigabyte, the company officials are silent over the issue on whether they are going to pay a ransom.

Apple Company’s suppler Quanta, Texas Department of Transportation and a State telecom firm from Ecuador, and Brazil’s government organization along with Acer were badly hit by RansomEXX ransomware aka Defray and is known to be associated with REvil Group.

NOTE- Gigabyte is known to design and manufacturer motherboards that are rebranded by AMD and Intel and are released into the commercial market worldwide. Apart from those, the company is also known to produce desktops, laptops, server racks, personal digital assistants, mobile phones, ultra-books, networking equipment, optical drives, mice, keyboards, CPU coolers, cooling pads, headphones, SSD cards, power supply units and computer cases.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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