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Compal: The laptop company fell victim to a cyber attack

Η Compal Electronics, the second largest company manufacturing of laptops (and related devices), based in Ταϊβάν, he fell ransomware victim (;) attack during the weekend.


According to the note left by hackers for ransom, responsible for the breach is the gang behind it DoppelPaymer ransomware.

Local media reported that the incident was discovered on Sunday morning and is believed to have affected about 30% of Compal's systems.

Employees received a message from Compal IT staff asking them to check the status of workstations and create copies security for all the important archives their, not affected by the ransomware attack.

As of Sunday, Compal IT staff are reinstalling encrypted workstations.

A Compal executive confirms hack (denies ransomware)

Despite local media reports, the Deputy CEO of Compal, Qingxiong Lu, told United News Network reporters that the company actually suffered a security breach, but denied that the recent outage was caused by ransomware.

"They do not blackmail hackers Compal, as rumored by the outside world", Said the representative of Compal to the journalists.

In addition, Qingxiong said the incident only affected the internal network of the company's offices and that Compal's product lines, which make laptops for others Companies, have not been affected.

Qingxiong estimates that company will return to normal very soon, once all system recovery procedures are completed.

Compal is the second largest manufacturer of laptops in the world after Quanta Computer, another Taiwanese company. The company manufactures some of the largest brands in the field of computers. For example, in the past, Compal has produced laptops for companies such as Apple, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, HP and Fujitsu. The company also manufactures monitors, tablets, smartwatches, smart TVs and other computer equipment.

If it is true that the company was hit by the DoppelPaymer ransomware (which is very likely after a screenshot of the ransom note was released), then Compal is the third largest Taiwanese company to fall victim to ransomware attack this year. The state energy company, CPC Corp., was hit by ColdLocker ransomware in May, while the factory of the American manufacturer smartwatch Garmin based in Taiwan, fell victim to it WastedLocker ransomware on July.

Source: ZDNet


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