One of Apple’s laptop makers recently suffered a cyber attack from a Russian hacking group. The subsequent loss of data is now being used by the threat actors to extort money from Apple.
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- A hacking group has stolen confidential data depicting upcoming Apple products through an Apple vendor.
- The group is now demanding a ransom of $ 50 million for the stolen data.
- It threatens to release the schematic of upcoming Apple products every day until the ransom is paid.
A Russian hacking group is extorting Apple for a reported amount of $ 50 million, after obtaining the schematics of several of its future products. The group posted a test of the data leak on the dark web hours before an event loaded by Spring’s Apple earlier this week.
Named REvil, the hacking group gained the confidential data through a cyber-attack on one of the makers of MacBooks and other Apple products. The target was a Taiwanese company called Quanta, which has also confirmed the data leak in a Bloomberg report.
The threat actors first tried to extort Quanta for the lost data. When Quanta refused to pay to have the data stolen back, the hackers decided to go after its biggest client Apple. The group revealed the intent in a message posted on a dark web portal, as The Record found in a report.
That’s when REvil started posting the stolen images of Apple products. The group posted 21 screenshots illustrating the newly released iMac schemas that had not been published before the launch. The post thus became a testament to the legality of the stolen data.
Besides the iMac, the images posted so far also include manufacturing diagrams for the MacBook Air M1 launched last year as well as Apple’s unleashed laptop. The screenshots also show warnings on the pages: “This is Apple’s property and it must be returned,” which means that the schematics really belong to Apple.
The hacking group has threatened to publish new data every day until Apple or Quanta pays the $ 50 million ransom. The group is trying to get the ransom by May 1.
Not just Apple
Besides Apple, Quanta Computer has long held customers that include some of the biggest names in the laptop industry. These include things like HP, Dell, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Lenovo, and others.
In its dark web post, REvil has suggested that it has data from other companies as well. “Our team is negotiating the sale of large volumes of confidential drawings and gigabytes of personal data with several major brands,” wrote REvil executives.
We do not even know the exact extent of the cyber-attack and the subsequent data leak.