News and Updates on Information Technology

Taiwan – Acer

Exploit: Ransomware
Acer: Computer Manufacturer 

Risk to Small Business: 2.020 = Severe

Acer has the dubious honor of setting a new record this year. The REvil cybercrime gang has executed a massive ransomware attack and they’re demanding the largest known ransom to date, $50,000,000. The audacious threat actors offered a 20% discount if payment was made by this past Wednesday. Data to prove the hit including samples of leaked images are for documents that include financial spreadsheets, bank balances, and bank communications has been posted as proof to hacker forums. The incident is ongoing.

Individual Risk: No sensitive personal or financial information was declared as compromised immediately but the investigation is ongoing and more details may emerge.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware doesn’t discriminate, and even a narrow impact can have big consequences for operations, causing delays and dissatisfaction for clients.