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Apple supplier is the latest target of $ 50 million ransomware hack

The REvil ransomware gang has found a fresh target. BleepingComputer And Bloomberg The report reported that after one of Group Tech’s major MacBook suppliers is threatening Apple, Quanta refused a $ 50 million ransom after the hack targeting its system. The attackers revealed their efforts after Apple’s spring schedule, as well as Quanta’s alleged non-payment of the April 27 deadline, and component schematics for MacBook design have appeared since March.

Revill said it would increase demand by $ 100 million if Quanta did not pay by the due date. It claimed to have “all local network data” from the contract manufacturer, although it is unclear how much it actually is.

In a statement Bloomberg, Quanta acknowledged the hack targeting a “small number” of servers and said it was in contact with data protection agencies and law enforcement. The company said there was “no material impact” on the business, although it did not say whether there were plans to pay the ransom. Apple declined to comment.

The hacking team targeted the money transfer service Travelex in early 2020, and recently tried to extort $ 50 million from Acer in a similar ransomware campaign. It also attacked companies such as Astelflesh and Pierre Fabre, topping the ‘just’ $ 25 million. Researchers point out that high demand may be a negotiation strategy BleepingComputer – Revil can still walk with a huge amount if he agrees to pay less.

Whether or not Apple and Quanta accepted the incident reflects the growing ambitions of ransomware groups. Apart from high-profile companies, they have held city governments for ransom and otherwise left millions of organizations either to pay millions or risk significant losses. Do not expect the culprits to be caught any time soon. In addition to covering their tracks (such as by working on the Dark Web), they often work in Russia (as does REVL) or other countries that do not always crack down on hackers targeting foreign entities.

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