Ransomware Group That Stole Apple's MacBook Pro Schematics Taken Offline in Multi-Country Operation

Back in April, ransomware group REvil attacked Apple supplier Quanta Computer and was able to steal schematics outlining the design of the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that were announced earlier this week.

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The schematics did indeed leak the design of the new machines, and at the time, REvil threatened to release other documents should Apple not pay a ransom fee of $50 million by May 1. The situation fizzled out just days later, and REvil mysteriously removed all documents and extortion threats related to Apple from its website.

We've heard nothing further about REvil's attack on Apple since then, but it turns out there was a multi-country operation underway to take down the ransomware group. According to Reuters, several government agencies teamed up to hack REvil and take it offline this week.

One person familiar with the events said that a foreign partner of the U.S. government carried out the hacking operation that penetrated REvil's computer architecture. A former U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the operation is still active.

REvil's "Happy Blog" that was used to leak stolen documents has been taken offline and is no longer available. The hacker group went offline back in July as well after law enforcement and intelligence specialists were able to hack into REvil's computer network, but it returned last month and servers previously compromised by the government were again used for this second takedown.

REvil was also responsible for a May cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that caused gas shortages on the East Coast of the United States.

Top Rated Comments

california_kid Avatar
13 weeks ago
Yet, nobody seems to be able to stop the scam calls that say my PC is infected, or my car warranty is ending, or I won a complimentary stay at a 5 star hotel, or there's a suspicious charge on my Amazon account, or I left my garage door open.

...oh wait that last one was my neighbor. Thanks Karl!
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
13 weeks ago
Always good to see the bad guys taken down.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zakarhino Avatar
13 weeks ago
"foreign partner of the US government"

So another word for Australia then, the place America sends their cyber operations when it's illegal for them to do something stateside. Goes to show you how quickly Five Eyes will work together when one of their corporate overlords is under threat.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Daws Avatar
13 weeks ago
Did they get the schematics to the Polishing Cloth? If so, there will be knockoffs 75% cheaper than Apple's.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
goobot Avatar
13 weeks ago

Woah! Caught the criminals. Dang! Should have known they are dealing with 2.1+ trillion company.
More like dealing with the us government after attacking its power supply
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dammit Cubs Avatar
13 weeks ago

Did they get the schematics to the Polishing Cloth? If so, there will be knockoffs 75% cheaper than Apple's.
Apple: "it is imperative that the polishing cloth schematics not be leaked"
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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