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Garmin hit by suspected WastedLocker ransomware attack

Garmin hit by suspected WastedLocker ransomware attack Image by rottonara from Pixabay

GPS and wearable technology specialist Garmin has been hit by an outage and there are suspicions that this may be due to a Windows ransomware attack.

There is no indication on the web sites of any common ransomware that Garmin has been hit. However, such indications would normally be present only after a ransom demand has been made and rejected by the victim.

The website Bleeping Computer, which specialises in ransomware reporting, said Garmin had been hit by the WastedLocker ransomware.

The site said it had received confirmation from a source associated with the incident response that the outage was due to a WastedLocker attack.

According to the security firm Symantec, WastedLocker is a relatively new breed of ransomware. attributed to the Evil Corp cyber crime gang.

The company said Evil Corp had previously been associated with the Dridex banking trojan and BitPaymer ransomware, both of which are believed to have earned their creators tens of millions of dollars. Two Russians alleged to be involved with the group have been indicted in the US.

In a short statement on its website on Thursday, Garmin said: "We are currently experiencing an outage that affects and Garmin Connect.

"This outage also affects our call centres, and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats.

"We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and apologise for this inconvenience."

The outage to the Garmin Connect site directly affects users because all the data that their device store is centrally stored.

The Taiwanese tech site iThome published an internal memo that Garmin had sent to its departments, warning that both its databases and servers had been affected due to a suspected hack.

The memo said production lines were being suspended.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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