A group of cybercriminals claims to have stolen some of Apple’s new product designs. With them, they intend to extort money from the company in exchange for not publishing their documents on the Internet.
The cybercriminals, who are known as ‘REvil’ and specialize in ransomware attacks, hacked Quanta Computer on Tuesday. This Taiwanese company is one of the largest laptop manufacturers in the world and works with Apple products. To assemble the brand’s devices, the Cupertino company provides them with the designs and, therefore, the attackers had access to this data.
REvil published some of the stolen blueprints on its leaks website to intimidate Apple. Together with them, he sent a message to the American company: “In order not to wait for the next Apple presentations, we, the REvil group, will provide information on the next launches of this company so dear to many. Tim Cook can thank Quanta. On our side, a lot of time has been devoted to solving this problem.. Quanta has made it clear to us that it does not care about the data of its customers and employees, which will allow the publication and sale of all the data we have ”.
Cybercriminals have given Apple a May 1 deadline to pay them for their stolen documents. If they do not comply with what they ask for, the REvil gang threatens to make “more and more files public on its website.”
According to BleepingComputer, the money they are asking from Quanta is 50 million dollars and, in their case, they have a limit of April 27.
Apple’s company seems not the only one threatened by attackers, since they have commented that they are “negotiating the sale of large amounts of confidential plans and a multitude of personal data with several important brands.
This may be true, since Quanta works with many other technology companies besides Apple, such as Dell or Hewlett-Packard. However, to date it is unknown how important these alleged documents may be.
At the moment, the plans that they have left visible on their website are basic plans of a MacBook and it is not known if they may have more relevant designs in their possession. According to Brett Callow, threat analyst at cybersecurity company Emsisoft, hackers could conceal part of the severity of the cyber attack.
Callow explains that “it would be a mistake to assume that REvil has all the data they claim to have,” but also keep in mind that the band has been responsible for many “major attacks.” Among their thefts is the Acer hack, in which they asked for a $ 50 million ransom in exchange for the stolen files.
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