Garmin Connect Service Taken Offline Following Ransomware Attack
Garmin has been hit by a ransomware attack that encrypted the smartwatch maker's internal servers, forcing it to shut down its call centers, website, and the Garmin Connect service, which users rely on to sync their activity via the mobile app.
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In messages shared on Twitter, the company apologized to users and gave details on the extent of the forced shutdown.
The attack also affected Garmin's aviation database service, flyGarmin, which supports aviation navigational equipment, and some production lines in Asia, according to ZDnet.com.
Officially, Garmin has not referred to the outage as the result of a ransomware attack, but company employees have since taken to Twitter and described it as such.
Taiwanese tech news site IThome published
an internal memo from Garmin's IT department to its Taiwan-based factories announcing two days of maintenance on Friday and Saturday, which sources told the website was down to a "virus."
(Via The Guardian.)
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They’re either paid by the state or doing it for some “cause” where companies have to actually be profitable and pay people. And doing full security on a large scale is simply difficult and expensive. You have layers of issues to deal with from hardware to software to wetware (people). Like with Twitter’s recent security issue, all it takes is one rogue employee (whether enticed or coerced) in the right place to thwart even the best security.
This should provide a warning for people that as we put more faith in online services and governments move to weaken security measures in the name of providing “security to the people” this puts the companies at a big disadvantage and these incidents will only get worse until something forces the industry to change in one form or another.
This is also a testament that you should not trust your data or your service rely on the infrastructure of any company... Garmin is a large enterprise and even them can suffer these attacks, I remember recently an app bugging me to use their cloud client, definitely not! I use OneDrive as main service, iCloud as backup and an old school SSD hard drive just in case.
While I realize this sounds like a “Monday morning quarterback” comment, it doesn’t make it any less crucial.