Last week, we discussed the serious hacker attack on Garmin for a long time, which literally put the company hostage because of ransomware that caused worldwide outages. The “down” was resolved only a few days later, and according to some researchers, only thanks to the payment of the ransom.
As reported by Bleeping Computer, whose security experts analyzed the cyber attack codes, hackers would rely on new ransomware. By analyzing an executable file from the IT department, needed to decrypt the files taken hostage, the researchers came to the conclusion that Garmin poured the requested ransom into the hackers’ coffers immediately after the start of the attacks.
“An employee had revealed to Bleeping Computer that the hackers’ original claim was $ 10 million,” says Bleeping Computer in a note published on its website.
The tool in question was able to decode the entire contents of the hard disk and installed software on the PC to prevent future hacker attacks through WastedLocker.
In light of this news, the previously disclosed indiscretion that Garmin’s IT department managed to get rid of the ransomware through a restore of the system’s backup becomes less and less truthful.