Although Garmin has not yet confirmed it, evidence is mounting that the company has been hit by a ransomware attack, with the hackers asking for a ransom. The it department within Garmin is said to have tried unsuccessfully to shut down the network.
Garmin itself speaks of a malfunction for the time being, but sources confirm to BleepingComputer that there is a ransomware attack, as previously suspected. It also provided evidence that it concerns the WastedLocker ransomware.
According to the sources that BleepingComputer has spoken, Garmin’s IT department discovered the attack when they turned on their computer on Thursday morning, and attempted to shut down as many systems as possible to prevent them from being infected. Employees’ computers were also turned off, although the IT department did not fully succeed, so that the ransomware nevertheless took hold of Garmin’s network.
Shutting down systems has caused certain services, such as Garmin Connect to stop functioning, something users noticed on Thursday. Garmin already indicated then that it is a malfunction, something that it still persists today; the company has still not confirmed that it is facing a ransomware attack.
According to BleepingComputer, the hackers, who allegedly started their attack in Taiwan, want to receive $ 10 million to decrypt the locked files again. It is still unclear who is behind the hack.