Smartwatch and wearables maker Garmin has shut down several of its services on July 23 to deal with a ransomware attack that has encrypted its internal network and some production systems.
The company is currently planning a multi-day maintenance window to deal with the attack’s aftermath, which includes shutting down its official website, the Garmin Connect user data-syncing service, and even some production lines in Asia.
In messages shared on its website and Twitter, Garmin said the same outage also impacted its call centers, leaving the company in the situation of being unable to answer calls, emails, and online chats sent by users.
The incident didn’t go unnoticed and has caused lots of headaches for the company’s customers, most of which rely on the Garmin Connect service to sync data about runs and bike rides to Garmin’s servers, all of which went down on Thursday.
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Ransomware attacks often rely on victims making a few basic mistakes that are often quite uncomfortable to confront – it’s natural to assume you haven’t made any (or, at least, not many), and it can feel both tired and tiring to keep going through the basics.
5 simple things to avoid mistake
- Protect your system portals
- Pick proper passwords
- Peruse your system logs
- Pay attention to warnings
- Patch early, patch often
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Hackers are holding foreign exchange company Travelex to ransom after a cyber-attack forced the firm to turn off all computer systems and resort to using pen and paper across its thousands of sites.
On New Year’s Eve, hackers launched their attack on the Travelex network.
As a result, the company took down its websites across 30 countries to contain “the virus and protect data”.
The hackers are demanding a ransom to give the firm access to its systems.
They have demanded payment in exchange for either restoration of IT systems or the preservation of customer data.
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