Garmin Hit by Major Outage in Potential Ransomware Attack

Garmin Hit by Major Outage in Potential Ransomware Attack

Garmin Hit by Major Outage in Potential Ransomware Attack

The company said on Twitter that its website and Garmin Connect fitness app had been offline since yesterday.

Regardless, Twitter is full of dedicated Garmin users upset that they can't sync their activities to the Garmin Connect app, or upload them to other platforms like Strava.

We are now experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect, and as a result, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app are down at this time.

Garmin has officially only referred to the incident as an "outage".

Slightly more than half of about 1,000 IT security professionals from around the world surveyed earlier this year by the email security company Mimecast said their businesses had been affected by ransomware the previous year.

"We are now experiencing an outage that affects Garmin.com and Garmin Connect", the company said in a statement on its website.

A source told BleepingComputer hackers demanded a $10m ransom, an amount BleepingComputer was not able to independtly verify. According to ZDNet, the ransomware in question might be a new strain called WastedLocker.

Beyond inconvenience for consumer users, ZDNet reported that the outage has more serious consequences as flyGarmin, a web service that supports aviation navigational equipment, was also down.

Garmin, the maker of fitness trackers, smartwatches and GPS-based wearable devices, is now dealing with a massive worldwide service interruption after getting hit by a targeted ransomware attack, an employee of the company told The Hacker News on condition of anonymity.

The Taiwanese tech news site iThome published an internal memo from Garmin's IT staff to its Taiwan factories announcing two days of maintenance on Friday and Saturday, which sources told the website was caused by a "virus". It is being widely reported that the United States firm has fallen victim to a ransomware attack with information security website Bleeping Computer reporting the hackers are demanding $10 million. According to this article from ZDNet Garmin is now in a "multi-day maintenance window" to deal with the issue. Gizmodo reached out to Garmin to see if they would confirm but didn't immediately receive a response.

'There's more easy access from home than there was in a building, because you have multiple layers of security in your office'.

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