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Garmin Hit With Ransomware Attack

Garmin Hit With Ransomware Attack

Source: https://cyclingtips.com/2020/08/report-garmin-secured-decryption-key-paid-ransom-to-hackers-2/

The smartwatch and wearable technology manufacturer Garmin was recently struck by a ransomware attack, encrypting their internal network and a few production systems.  Garmin shut down the majority of their systems, which included their call centers, to attempt to restore them.

Not only were Garmin customers unable to access their Garmin Connect data or Garmin support, flyGarmin was also down according to pilots, resulting in pilots being unable fly.  A version of Garmin’s aviation database was unavailable to pilots.  According to ZDnet.com, “Pilots need to run an up-to-date version of this database on their navigation devices as an FAA requirement.”

Ransomware attacks hold immense power over the systems they hold ransom and the users of said systems.  These attacks can shut down everything from a website to a full manufacturing line, resulting in mass amounts of lost revenue for businesses.

For more information on the Garmin ransomware attack and how powerful ransomware can be, please visit the ZDnet.com article below.