No one is completely safe on the Internet. Neither do large companies. The Russian cybercriminal group REvil has managed to steal information about products developed by Apple after having ‘hacked’ with ransomware virus, designed to encrypt and extract data, to Quanta Computer; a Taiwanese company dedicated to the manufacture of devices. According to ‘The Record’, which has advanced the news, cybercriminals have requested a ransom of 50 million dollars. Similar to the one you asked the computer firm Acer for a similar incident a few weeks ago.
By engaging in the manufacture of Apple devices, Quanta has in your possession confidential information about the company’s products. The group behind the cyberattack has shared through a post on their blog, which is found on the ‘dark web’, 21 screenshots showing the blueprints of a future MacBook the company is working on. As REvil explains in the blog post, after infecting and stealing the information, it contacted Quanta to request ransom in exchange for not making the data public. Something to which the Taiwanese firm refused.
“Tim Cook (Apple CEO) can thank Quanta. For our part, we have spent a lot of time solving this problem. Quanta has made it clear to us that it does not care about the data of its customers and employees, “said the group in its blog post. “Our team is negotiating the sale of large amounts of confidential drawings and gigabytes of personal data with several major brands,” continues the cybercriminal group.
The images became available on the ‘dark web’ on April 20. Coinciding with the last Apple keynote, in which devices were presented as a new Apple TV, an iMac, an iPad Pro and the AirTags, the new devices to locate brand objects. REvil demands in the message that the Cupertino firm pay the requested ransom before May 1. If not, he threatens to publish company information every day until he buys into the demands. He claims to have information on other technology products; as a Apple Watch, un MacBook Air y un MacBook Pro.
For its part, Quanta has acknowledged in statements to ‘Bloomberg’ the cyberattack: “The information security team at Quanta Computer has worked with external IT experts in response to cyber attacks on a small number of Quanta servers.” ABC has contacted Apple to inquire about the company’s position. At the moment no answer has been given.