Taiwanese original design manufacturer (ODM) Compal Electronics which makes laptops for Apple, HP, Acer, Lenovo and Dell has faced a ransomware attack ahead of Apple’s big MacBook launch event. As per a report by Bleeping Computer, the firm suffered a DoppelPaymer attack and ransom is set at 1,100 Bitcoin which is worth $17 million.
While Taiwanese media reported the cyberattack, Compal Electronics hasn’t revealed much about the attack and just put it aside as an “abnormality in their office automation system”. It also said that things should be back to normal quickly.
As the report explained, DoppelPaymer is a ransomware that attacks companies “by gaining access to admin credentials”. The ransomware spreads through Windows devices to ultimately gain control of the Windows domain controller. All devices on the network get infected.
“According to the ransom note and DoppelPaymer’s past history, the attackers likely stole unencrypted data as part of their attack. This stolen data is then used as a double-extortion strategy where the ransomware gangs threaten to release the files on data leak sites if a ransom is not paid,” said the report by Bleeping Computer.
Compal is one of Apple main assemblers for MacBooks. There is no information as to whether this cyberattack will cause any problems for Apple to launch the upcoming MacBooks.
Apple is hosting its One More Thing event on November 10 where Apple is expected that Apple will announce its first computers that will be powered by its own Arm-based silicon chips.pple may unveil three new models — 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro. All three laptops will feature the new silicon chips. However, it is expected that beyond the processor, there won’t be any other design change to the MacBook line up.