Authorities in Taiwan say they’re looking into a ransomware cyber-attack on a serious technology firm there.
Quanta Computer may be a manufacturer of the many flagship Apple products, including its MacBook line.
The hackers, referred to as Revil, have published stolen blueprints for unreleased products, and are threatening to release more.
Taiwanese officials said they’re “taking an initial step to seem into and understand” the incident.
It is being handled by the Ministry of Justice’s investigation bureau.
On their darknet website, the anonymous hackers are attempting to extort a ransom from Apple directly, writing: “We recommended that Apple buy back available data by 1 May.”
It is understood they’re posing for tens of many pounds.
How close the alleged blueprints are going to be to any actual future products isn’t clear. Bloomberg reports that the leaked materials include the schematics for a future MacBook laptop. The Guardian reports that a replacement Apple Watch is additionally among them.
Apple has not responded, but Quanta confirmed a cyberattack had taken place.
In a handout, the corporate said: “Quanta Computer’s information security team has worked with external IT experts in response to cyber-attacks on a little number of Quanta servers.
“We’ve reported to, and kept seamless communications with, the relevant enforcement and data protection authorities concerning recent abnormal activities observed. There’s no material impact on the company’s business operation.”
The release of the hacked material came just hours before Apple’s major product showcase event on Tuesday.
Revil said the timing wasn’t a coincidence, writing that the info leak was ” to not await the upcoming Apple presentations”.
The Taiwanese Investigation Bureau, under the Ministry of Justice, told Nikkei Asia: “We are conscious of an alleged cyber-attack involving Quanta and that we are taking an initial step to seem into and understand the nature of the incident.
“But we’ve not yet opened a case and launched a politician probe.”
The Revil group – also referred to as Sodinokobi – is one among the foremost prolific and profitable cyber-criminal cartels within the world.
The gang has previously hacked and extorted foreign exchange company Travelex, and New York law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.