Apple shakedown

From Bloomberg’s “Apple Targeted in $50 Million Ransomware Hack of Supplier Quanta” posted early Wednesday:

As Apple Inc. was revealing its newest line of iPads and flashy new iMacs on Tuesday, one of its primary suppliers was enduring a ransomware attack from a Russian operator claiming to have stolen blueprints of the U.S. company’s latest products.

The ransomware group REvil, also known as Sodinokibi, published a blog on its darkweb site early on Tuesday in which it claimed to have infiltrated the computer network of Quanta Computer Inc. The Taiwan-based company is a key supplier to Apple, manufacturing mostly Macbooks…

By early on April 20, REvil’s ‘Happy Blog’ — a site where the cartel publicly names and shames victims in hopes of coaxing ransom payment — declared Quanta its latest victim. In their post, also reviewed by Bloomberg, the hackers claim they’d waited to disclose the Quanta compromise until the date of Apple’s latest big reveal, contending the parts supplier had expressed no interest in paying to recover the stolen data.

By the time Apple’s product launch was over, REvil had posted schematics for a new laptop, including 15 images detailing the guts of what appears to be a Macbook designed as recently as March 2021, according to the documents reviewed by Bloomberg.

REvil is now attempting to shake-down Apple in its effort to profit off the stolen data. They’ve asked Apple to pay their ransom by May 1, as was first reported by Bleeping Computer. Until then, the hackers will continue to post new files every day, REvil said on its blog.

 My take: I suspect we’ll never know how this is resolved.

12 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    This is old news (a day late)

    As to the “gatekeepers” claim, if they were, this past election cycle wouldn’t have been so contentious. You know Congress didn’t, and won’t, do anything to make it better. To many of our elected officials are a part of the problem to be part of the cure.

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    April 21, 2021
  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    @Troy Thoman: Agree completely with you Troy T. I’m waiting for the 27″ display and it will be the iMac Pro with a Spay Grey offering powered by an M2 Chip. It would not surprise me if that model line-up also drops the bottom chin.

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    April 21, 2021
  3. Jerry Doyle said:
    I can’t help believe Apple long has had a contingency strategy plan to possible ransomware hacks. Any company knows such attacks are coming and Apple is one of the more sophisticated companies to prepare for such an attack. What Apple’s strategy plan is, who can imagine. Whose to say that the stolen schematics, blue prints, data, are little more than redundant drawings floating around until Apple renders the final decision to go with a specific drawing? Something tells me that Apple will not respond with a payment, but will have its supplier respond with “silence.” Less is More!

    Then again, with all their cash Apple could send in its precision hitman. We saw him in action yesterday going after the M1. He comes outta south Alabama lookin’ for the Black Hat drivin’ a drop-top Cadillac. Black Hat tried to steal money from Tim. A hush fell over the Black Hat community & when the cuttin’ was done, the only part that wasn’t bloody was the soles of Black Hat’s feet; oh, and he was cut in about a hundred places & he was shot in a couple more & you better believe they sung a story bout’ the country boy from south Alabama: “… You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around with Tim.”

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    April 21, 2021

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