As mentioned in our previous article, the Taiwanese electronics company Compal, which manufactures laptops computers for leading global brands such as HP and Apple, fell victim to a cyber attack. It seems that behind that attack, is the gang DoppelPaymer, as indicated by a screenshot of the ransom note from the company, which was released by Yahoo Taiwan.
The Deputy Director of Compal, Qingxiong Lu admitted that the company was affected by a security breach. However, he denied that the incident was a ransomware attack. He stated in his statement that "Compal is not blackmailed by hackers».
He also clarified that the security breach only affected Compal's internal network, but not its production lines. Qingxiong promised that the company's IT department staff would quickly resolve the "anomaly" in system office automation. However Bleeping Computer confirmed that Compal was ransomware attacked by the DoppelPaymer team.
Compal is the second largest manufacturer of laptops in the world after Quanta Computer and works with leading computer brands such as Apple, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, HP and Fujitsu. In addition to laptops, Compal electronics also manufactures smart watches, monitors, tablet, smart TVs and other computer devices and accessories.
The criminals behind Compal's security breach demanded about $ 17 million. Specifically, he asked for 1.100 bitcoin or $ 16,725.500,00 in order to decrypt them data the company's.
The DoppelPaymer ransomware gang has done other similar things attackssuch as the one at Newcastle University, PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos), Hall County in Georgia, Torrance, California, and ransomware attacks on Bretagne Télécom. Elon Musk's SpaceX also suffered a DoppelPaymer-related security breach.
Its CEO Gurucul, Saryu Nayyar, says the company 's denial of the ransomware attack shows the failure of its cybersecurity strategy.