The REvil ransomware gang is asking Apple to pay, until May 1, ransom to "buy out" stolen product designs in order to avoid leakage on the data leak site of the gang. The hackers They added that they are negotiating the sale of a large volume of confidential plans and gigabytes of Apple personal data with many major brands.
The REvil ransomware gang tried to blackmail Apple after the Quanta Computer, a leading laptop maker and one of Apple's business partners, has refused to contact the gang or pay the ransom after hackers allegedly stole a lot of confidential data from Quanta's network.
Quanta is ODM manufacturer (Original Design Manufacturer) based in Taiwan and manufacturer of Apple Watch, Apple Macbook Air and Apple Macbook Pro. The company has one large list of high profile customers, including the Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Alienware, Lenovo, Cisco and Microsoft. It's him second largest ODM manufacturer laptops in the world. In first place is Compal, which also became a target of gang ransomware last year.
According to the Tor payment page shared on BleepingComputer, the How much must pay $ 50 million by April 27, or $ 100 million after the countdown.
So far, REvil ransomware gang has leaked more than a dozen MacBook components and diagrams to its dark web leak site, although there is no indication that any of them are a new Apple product.
In a negotiation conversation on the REvil gang payment site seen on BleepingComputer, the gang warned that "Designs of all Apple devices and all employee and customer personal data would be put up for sale" if Quanta did not start negotiating a ransom. After the deadline, the gang published the plans on its data leak site.
REvil is one ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) business known for hiring partners for breach of corporate networks, theft of unencrypted data and encryption of devices. Once a ransom payment is made, REvil core developers and affiliates share the money they earn from the ransom payment, with the affiliates generally receiving the largest share.
The REvil gang has been demanding lately extremely large amounts of ransom in attacks aimed at Acer ($ 50 million), the Pierre Fabre ($ 25 million) and Asteelflash ($ 24 million).
Representatives of Apple and Quanta have not yet commented on the matter.
Source of information: bleepingcomputer.com