After Acer last March, it’s Gigabyte’s turn to fall victim to a major computer attack. Hackers claim to have their hands on confidential documents belonging to AMD, Intel or even American Megatrends. In all, around 112 GB of data was reportedly stolen from the Taiwanese manufacturer’s servers.
Specializing in motherboards and graphics cards, but also in gaming monitors and laptops (notably under the auspices of its Aero and Auras range), Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte has been targeted by a computer attack claimed by a group of Ransomex hackers. This group with a provocative name may have managed to obtain at least 112 GB of data, some of which are particularly sensitive.
Some of these documents stolen from Gigabyte’s servers will include confidential information belonging to Intel, AMD, or even the American Megatrends (AMI) group, which specializes in firmware for motherboards, among other things. Specialized site Bleeping Computer, reports that RansomEXX may have been successful in stealing screenshots of sensitive documents specifically protected by NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). Documents that hackers threaten to share on the net. For now, no amount has been publicly mentioned for a potential ransom, but the hackers reportedly sent an email address to Gigabyte to initiate negotiations.
Gigabyte is not an isolated case
As The Verge reports, Gigabyte is not an isolated case. A few months earlier, in March 2021, Acer was also attacked, but this time by another group of hackers: Revil, which immediately followed up with yet another attack … this time among sub-contractors of ‘Apple’ One, against Quanta. A ransom of $50 million was demanded in both cases, but by then neither company had agreed to pay. A portion of the documents had revealed information about the MacBook Pro.
We learn from The Record, which contacted Gigabyte, that the firm was successful in isolating the servers targeted by the attack. Gigabyte states that it has turned to the police and launched an internal investigation, but has not yet publicly cited Ransomex’s name. Some parts of Gigabyte’s official site were inaccessible immediately after the attack, but after verification it appears most of the site has been restored.
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