The REvil ransomware gang is demanding ransom from Apple to avoid leaking stolen product blueprints on REvil’s leak site.
The ransomware gang wants Apple to pay a ransom by May 1st to prevent its stolen data from being leaked and also stated that they are “negotiating the sale of large quantities of confidential drawings and gigabytes of personal data with several major brands.”
Prominent Apple supplier Quanta suffered a ransomware attack from the REvil ransomware group and they allegedly stole “a lot of confidential data” from Quanta’s network.
The gang tried to extort Apple only after Quanta Computer refused to communicate with them or pay the ransom demanded.
Quanta Computer is a Taiwan-based original design manufacturer (ODM) and an Apple Watch, Apple Macbook Air, and Apple Macbook Pro maker.
Quanta has a long list of high-profile customers, including Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Alienware, Lenovo, Cisco, and Microsoft.
Based on the number of ODM laptop units sold, Quanta is the world’s second-largest original design manufacturer of laptops.
According to sources, Quanta has to pay $50 million until April 27th, or $100 million after the countdown ends.
As of now, REvil leaked over a dozen schematics and diagrams of MacBook components on its dark web leak site, although it is not sure whether any of them are new Apple products.
As per a negotiation chat on REvil’s payment site, the gang has warned that “drawings of all Apple devices and all personal data of employees and customers will be published with subsequent sale” if Quanta did not begin negotiating a ransom.
After that time frame expired, REvil published the schematics on their data leak site.
REvil is a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation known for recruiting affiliates to breach corporate networks, steal unencrypted data, and encrypt devices.
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