2 min read

Garmin Systems Knocked Offline; Early Reports Suggest Targeted Cyber-Attack

Alina BÎZGĂ

July 24, 2020

Ad One product to protect all your devices, without slowing them down.
Free 90-day trial
Garmin Systems Knocked Offline; Early Reports Suggest Targeted Cyber-Attack

Garmin, the GPS navigation and wearable technology manufacturer, has reportedly suffered a large-scale ransomware attack that crippled its infrastructure.

Yesterday, the company tweeted that all of its Garmin Connect services are down.

“We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect, and as a result, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app are down at this time,” the tweet reads. “This outage also affects our call centers, and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and apologize for this inconvenience.”

Since the announcement, Garmin users have nervously flocked to the company”s Twitter page, asking for updates, and speculating about a targeted cyber-attack.

Garmin has yet to provide any updates regarding the unscheduled “maintenance” of their systems. However, according to a Taiwanese media outlet, the outage will also extend to Garmin”s production lines, which will be offline for 2 days (July 24-25).

The report by iThome says Garmin employees were told that a virus attacked one of the company”s servers, and that the entire production line could not be opened. Although Garmin has not confirmed the speculation, users are becoming restless, and some have even expressed their worry regarding the safety of their personal data:

“Hopefully it’s just an outage and not a hack/breach, since it’s taking so long to recover.”

“It would be nice to have an update. If it is an attack it would be nice to know if users could be targeted trough your apps? Should we worry?”

“Sooooo is this a ransomware attack? Does an unauthorized party now have access to our personal data?”

“Any word if any personal information was stolen in the attack? I have no worries with it being down as long as data and payment information wasn’t stolen.”

Hopefully, Garmin officials will update their statements in coming days. Taking into consideration the long downtime and lack of details provided by the company, a ransomware attack can”t be excluded.

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

The Holiday Guide to Tech Support: Fixing the Family Computer

The Holiday Guide to Tech Support: Fixing the Family Computer

November 24, 2021

2 min read
Bitdefender Celebrates 20 Years of Cybersecurity Leadership

Bitdefender Celebrates 20 Years of Cybersecurity Leadership

November 04, 2021

3 min read
Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

October 26, 2021

3 min read
What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

October 25, 2021

2 min read
Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

October 22, 2021

2 min read
Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

October 20, 2021

3 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

Chrome 96 Gets 22 More Security Fixes with New Incremental Update Chrome 96 Gets 22 More Security Fixes with New Incremental Update
Filip TRUȚĂ

December 08, 2021

1 min read
Most Employees Believe Passwords Affect Their Productivity, Research Finds Most Employees Believe Passwords Affect Their Productivity, Research Finds
Silviu STAHIE

December 06, 2021

1 min read
US State Department iPhones Infected with Pegasus Spyware – Report US State Department iPhones Infected with Pegasus Spyware – Report
Filip TRUȚĂ

December 06, 2021

2 min read