Gigabyte PC maker hit by ransomware attack


The Taiwanese company Gigabyte was hit last week by a ransomware attack, which encrypted files. Also, 112 GB of internal data was stolen, initiates told Bleeping Computer.

Gigabyte told the Chinese news website United Daily News that a cyber attack has taken place that affected a small number of servers. As a result, the company has closed down some computer systems.

The hacker group RansomEXX is said to be behind the attack. Sources from Bleeping Computer say the group stole information about chips from Intel and AMD via Gigabyte. The group threatens to disclose 112 GB of data if the hackers are not paid.

It is not known how much money RansomEXX wants to have for releasing the files. Gigabyte has contacted the authorities, but does not say if the company will pay the group.

Attacks like this have been common this year. Acer and an Apple manufacturer were attacked by the hacker group REvil. In both cases, the group asked 50 million dollars (42.5 million euros) not to publish files. It is not clear whether the payment has been made.


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