Acer Inc., a Taiwanese multinational hardware and electronics corporation, has reportedly suffered a ransomware attack over the past weekend as the REvil ransomware ciphered the corporation's files and bad actors demand $50 million ransom in monero (XMR). According to The Record, the ransomware's goal was not to disrupt production systems but hit Acer's back-office network.
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While the hackers had not yet leaked Acer files, they already demonstrated screenshots of internal documents and financial spreadsheets as a warning.
Acer spokespersons declined to firmly confirm the incident. However, The Record managed to find a website on darknet, which bad actors used as an intermediate to communicate with Acer representatives.
As iHodl earlier reported, the average daily number of ransomware attacks jumped by nearly 50% during Q3, 2020 compared to the first six months of the year. According to a study carried out by Check Point, the highest number of ransomware attacks during the third quarter was recorded in the United States, India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Russia.
In the case of the US, the figure rose by 98%, in Sri Lanka by 436%, and in Russia by 57.9%.
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