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An aviation database was attacked by an unknown ransomware gang

July 27, 2020

Garmin, the manufacturer of smartwatches and provider of data synchronization services, was the target of a ransomware attack that on July 23 it stopped using several of its services and managed to encrypt its internal network.

After a series of tweets released by the company, The Garmin Connect website and mobile app were affected by hackers, call centers, and all customer support resourcesB. Reply to emails, online chats and call handling.

However, the nature of the attack was revealed by ZDNet, which found it Cybercriminals also attacked flyGarmin, the company’s service that supports its air traffic control equipment.

Pilots affected by ransomware

An aviation database was attacked by an unknown ransomware gangAn aviation database was attacked by an unknown ransomware gang

The Garmin Pilot app was offline all day, too Affected were several pilots who rely on software to program and plan flights.

At the time of printing, the Garmin website is operating, however the following message has been published:

“We are currently experiencing a power outage affecting Garmin.com and Garmin Connect. This power outage also affects our call centers and we are currently unable to receive calls, emails or online chats.” We’re working to resolve this issue as soon as possible and apologize for the inconvenience. “

Speculation about the severity of the incident continues to grow.

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Chris Clements, vice president of solution architecture for cyber security company Cerberus Sentinel, commented on the ransomware incident:

“The Garmin security incident underscores the need for businesses to implement a well-designed and formalized incident response plan with a pre-selected response team for key tasks such as recovery, root cause analysis, and public communication. Employees received no details from official Garmin spokesmen and tweeted information that may or may not be correct, which has led to wild speculation about the scope and severity of the situation.“”

Cointelegraph reported on July 22 that an unknown gang raid on York University occurred in May. Vulnerabilities in your external service provider led to data breaches.

Argentina’s largest telecommunications company, Telecom, was the victim of a ransomware attack on July 18. At that time, hackers were demanding $ 7.5 million in Monero (XMR).

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