Ransomware attacks have hit Apple and Acer, but they aren't the only major PC brands to be affected. Bleeping Computer reports that Gigabyte, a Taiwan-based company, was the victim of a ransomware attack on August 3rd through August 4. Although the company confirmed that its IT infrastructure was down and that only a few servers were affected by the ransomware attack, there are indications that it could have been more.
Bleeping Computer sources claim that RansomEXX stole 112GB of sensitive data and information from a code repository. This includes information about the Intel and AMD chips as well as a document for debugging. It is believed that the breach affected the Gigabyte support and part of the Taiwanese pages.
Gigabyte stated that it had contacted law enforcement but did not say if it would pay for the ransom.
RansomEXX began in 2018 under the Defray brand, but was rebranded in 2020. It has targeted increasingly high-profile organizations like the Brazilian government and Texas' Department of Transportation. It is not believed to be affiliated with the REvil group, which attacked Acer and Apple supplier Quanta.
These attacks are not surprising for PC companies. They have not only the money to pay ransoms but also a wealth of technological secrets that they are eager to protect. The string of attacks remains alarming. These attacks may cause short-term financial damage, but there is also the possibility that trade secrets could be leaked and do long-term harm.