News and Updates on Information Technology

United States – Whirlpool

Exploit: Ransomware
Whirlpool: Appliance Manufacturer

Risk to Small Business: 2.311 = Severe

The Nefilim ransomware gang struck at Whirlpool, stealing data but not impacting manufacturing operations. The gang claims that the files it published were obtained from Whirlpool during a ransomware attack in December 2020. The leaked data appeared to be proprietary and staff information including documents related to employee benefits, accommodation requests, medical information requests, background checks, and more.

Individual Risk: No personal or consumer information was reported as impacted in this incident at this time but the incident is still under investigation.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: While using ransomware to disrupt manufacturing or operations has been in vogue recently, it’s still a favored tool for cybercriminals to use in a classic data grab.