Garmin shuts down services after alleged ransomware attack

Garmin shuts down services after alleged ransomware attack

'Dear Garmin Users, Our servers are now down for maintenance & it may limit the performances of Garmin Connect Mobile & Website, and Garmin Express, ' the company tweeted at about 5am EST on Thursday. It was forced to shut down most of its services on Thursday to deal with the issue. "I've run some of my best races when I forgot my watch or covered my watch face, so I find there are pros and cons to be so connected to a watch".

Garmin is one of the popular smartwatch brands with a strong user base in India, especially among fitness enthusiasts, hikers, and so on.

Problems for Garmin devices, who remained offline for nearly a day after the company was hit by a ransomware attack.

The corporation has stayed mainly silent through the complex complications, which have stopped central features of its equipment from performing, issuing only a very simple update that created distinct it was suffering an outage and that several of its techniques were offline. They are left without a way to download the most up-to-date version of Garmin's aviation database, which is an FAA requirement.

The Garmin Pilot app utilized to schedule and plan flights went down, also. Unfortunately, the company's call centers, chat support, and email servers were also knocked offline.

Nevertheless, a leaked internal memo from Garmin's IT staff to their Taiwan factories announced that they would be holding maintenance on Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, due to problems caused by a "virus", according to the sources of Taiwanese tech site, iThome. Ransomware attacks user files, encrypts them and essentially holds the information hostage for a payment.

It added: "Although Garmin Connect is not accessible during the outage, activity and health and wellness data collected from Garmin devices during the outage is stored on the device and will appear in Garmin Connect once the user syncs their device". "Train your people to detect and resist ransomware attacks - just as you patch systems, patch your people with regular, varied, continuous and well-planned security awareness training to make them part of your defenses".

Some of the employees attributed the attack to a new strain of ransomware called WastedLocker, but those claims have not been verified. Garmin is now dealing with all of those things.

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