Apple has become a victim of a massive ransomware attack. Hackers have gained access to confidential plans of Apple’s upcoming product after breaching into one of Apple’s popular parts suppliers.
Taiwanese company Quanta that is known to assemble Apple’s laptops was attacked by the Sodin group, which is notorious for running ransomware called REvil.
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What is REvil
According to Kaspersky Security, REvil is spread across dark-web forums in the form of a subscription (ransomware-as-a-service). This involves two groups of attackers — the first finds a breach in the protection of the organization and injects REvil there and the second creates the malware. After encryption or data theft, a ransom is demanded from the victim.
However, in this current attack, the hacker group has gone ahead and decided to steal the data for themselves and decided to extort payment or else warn them that their data will be published to the world.
This was first revealed by the hacker group on the dark web site dubbed ‘Happy Blog’ where they stated that the aforementioned company refused to pay the ransom amount and now the company was threatening Apple.
Hackers said in a statement, “In order not to wait for the upcoming Apple presentations, today we, the REvil group, will provide data on the upcoming releases of the company so beloved by many. Tim Cook can say thank you Quanta. From our side, a lot of time has been devoted to solving this problem.”
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What kind of data does it hold?
The group has gained access to details of two Apple laptops, a new Apple Watch and a new Lenovo Thinkpad. To make sure they weren’t bluffing, they even shared schematics of a few products. This included the new line of iMacs that it unveiled this week.
They’ve extended their demands to Apple now, asking that Apple, if it wishes to, can buy back the data before May 1.