Apple Blueprints Stolen In Supplier $50m Ransomware Attack

Apple Blueprints Stolen In Supplier $50m Ransomware Attack

Posted April 22, 2021

Apple Blueprints Stolen In Supplier $50m Ransomware Attack

  • Apple is reportedly at the centre of a ransomware incident after one of its suppliers, Taiwan-based Quanta Computer was hacked.
  • According to the reports, the REvil hacker group stole and published product blueprints from Apple supplier Quanta and is holding other blueprints under a $50 million ransom.
  • Apple has not publicly responded to the incident, but if the REvil hackers have managed to obtain the blueprints of other products, it could mean that Apple notoriously secretive roadmap of new products could be leaked, giving competitors valuable data.
  • REvil meanwhile reportedly claims that it has other product blueprints and that it will continue to publish photos and documents of future Apple devices daily unless Apple pays the $50 million ransom.
  • “Following today’s news of the attack on Quanta, we can be in little doubt that complex digital supply chains are a hacker’s paradise,” noted Mike Beck, Global CISO at Darktrace. “Today, a company’s critical data is fluid, often being handled outside the organisation itself. This complexity offers those with criminal intent with many points of vulnerability that may be exploited.”

.co.uk – Tom Jowitt | April 22, 2021