Ransomware hackers have victimized PC hardware company Gigabyte, in the latest of multiple data breaches recently occurring in the global tech space.
The ransomware attack was allegedly perpetrated by a hacking group called RansomExx, which claims to have stolen data from the company's servers, writes Mashable. According to various screenshots of the ransom page, the group apparently threatened to release 112 GB of sensitive company data from Gigabyte if they're not paid.
Here is the Twitter thread that showed off the screenshots:
Screenshot of the RansomExx gang's extortion page, where they're threatening to release more than 112 GB of Gigabyte's data unless they get paid. pic.twitter.com/r9ivFBmnFk— Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) August 6, 2021
While the ransomware attack occurred fairly recently, Gigabyte says that only a few internal servers have been affected. These servers are also now back online, though the company is still trying to determine how the breach happened. They credit the recovery of the affected servers by having backups.
All that is known so far (aside from who the perpetrators are) is that the ransomware hack happened overnight from late Tuesday night to Wednesday. Customers also reported some issues with trying to get updated information for RMAs, which is another likely effect of the hack, reports BleepingComputer.
Some sources also claim that RansomExx has already created a dark web page, allegedly containing samples of their stolen data. According to the hackers, many of these files are under NDA (non-disclosure agreements) from big tech companies like Intel, AMD, and American Megatrends.
Ransomware Attacks: What Are They And How Bad Can They Get?
As previously mentioned, many businesses have suffered from ransomware hacks these past few months. It's become bad enough that both the EU and the US government have teamed up to go against hacking groups. If two major governing bodies are working together to stop a bunch of hackers using ransomware, you know it's bad.
Ransomware involves sending malicious software via phishing (sending real-looking fake emails) which could fool people into clicking a bad link. This link will trigger a denial of service (DOS), allowing the hackers to hold any company's important data hostage temporarily. They will only give the stolen data back after the victimized organization pays a ransom, thus the name.
Hackers can steal sensitive information, which can be worth millions, which is why ransomware attacks are very, very serious threats.
How To Protect Against Ransomware
It's actually a bit easy to prevent a ransomware hack from happening.
You just have to be alert and very critical of everything you see or receive for individual users. Remember that most of these hackers use phishing/fake emails to fool people. If you receive an email that you know you're not supposed to get, immediately delete the email and don't click on anything in it.
For corporations, security experts recommend that you only allow employees to work with minimal digital privileges unless you're sure you can trust them with sensitive information. Malware can't take over computers and other systems if access privileges are severely limited, especially at the lowest clearance levels. Keeping security software and hardware updated is also an excellent way of preventing hackers from barging in.
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Written by RJ Pierce