Apple has been targeted in a $ 50 million ransomware attack following the theft of a series of current and future engineering and manufacturing schematics by Quanta, a Taiwanese company that manufactures MacBooks and other products for Apple.
The leak, first reported by The Record, run by REvil, a Russian hacking group also known by the name Sodinokibi. The group had already started posting the stolen images on April 20th, timed specifically to coincide with Apple’s latest “Spring Loaded” event, after Quanta refused to pay the $ 50 million ransom about the data. The group is now hoping to get Apple itself to pay up by May 1st, promising to continue posting new images of the leak daily until it does.
Quanta has confirmed that its servers are broken in a statement i Bloomberg, noting: “Quanta Computer’s information security team has worked with external IT experts in response to cyber attacks on a small number of Quanta servers.” Quanta also says “there is no significant impact on the operation of the company’s business” as a result of the hack.
REvil has a history of similar ransomware attacks, Bleeping Computer is a distraction, with the group also conducting similar hacks on Acer and other companies in recent months. But the Quanta attack – by virtue of its association with Apple and the potential to uncover Apple’s unannounced hardware – marks the group’s highest-profile target yet.
The company has not yet clarified the extent of the leak, but the images leaked by REvil so far include schematics for the newly unveiled Apple redesign – which no one outside Apple’s sphere of influence had seen before yesterday lent credence to the fact that the documents were indeed accurate. The schematics also include warnings on almost every page: “This is Apple property and must be returned,” and states that the documents are not to be reproduced, copied or published.
Also included in the leaked files are manufacturing diagrams for Apple’s already released MacBook Air 2020 M1 overhaul and a yet-to-be-released laptop that includes additional ports in line with current rumors of the laptop upgrade forthcoming from Apple.
These documents were stolen and are being leaked to extort Apple and Quanta. Due to the nature of their origin, we believe it would be unethical to report their content extensively. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this post with any new information.