One of Apple’s laptop makers was recently the victim of a cyber attack by a Russian hacking group. Subsequent data loss is now used by threatening actors to extort money from Apple.
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- A hacking group stole confidential data describing future Apple products through one of Apple’s vendors.
- The group is now demanding a $ 50 million ransom for the stolen data.
- He threatens to launch plans for future Apple products every day until the ransom is paid.
A Russian hacking group is extorting Apple for a reported amount of 50 million dollars, after obtaining the schemes of several future products. The group posted evidence of data leaks on the dark web hours before Apple’s loaded spring event earlier this week.
Called REvil, the hacking group gained 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 also confirmed the data leak in a Bloomberg report.
Threaters first tried to extort Quanta for the lost data. When Quanta refused to pay to recover the stolen data, the hackers decided to go after its biggest customer Apple. The group revealed the intention in a message posted on a dark web portal, as The Record noted in a report.
That’s when REvil started posting stolen images of Apple products. The group posted 21 screenshots showing the schemas of the new iMac that were not made public before launch. The post came as proof of the legitimacy of the stolen data.
In addition to the iMac, the images posted so far also include manufacturing charts for the M1 MacBook Air launched last year, as well as an original Apple laptop. The screenshots also display warnings on the pages: “This is Apple’s property and must be returned,” which means that the schemes do belong to Apple.
The hacking group has threatened to release new data every day until the $ 50 million ransom is paid by Apple or Quanta. The group is trying to get the ransom by May 1.
Not just Apple
In addition to Apple, Quanta Computer has a long customer base, which includes some of the biggest names in the laptop industry. These include HP, Dell, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Lenovo and others.
In its post on the dark web, REvil hinted that it will also hold data from other companies. “Our team is negotiating the sale of large quantities of confidential drawings and gigabytes of personal data with several important brands,” wrote REvil operators.
The exact extent of the cyber attack and subsequent data leak is not yet known.