Acer Confirms Employee Data on Hacker Platform

March 12, 2024

Acer Philippines confirmed that employee data was stolen in an attack on a third-party vendor who manages the company’s employee attendance data. “Earlier today a threat actor known as ‘ph1ns’ published a link to download a stolen database containing Acer employee data for free on a hacking forum.”

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TSMC Hit by WannaCry Variant

August 3, 2018

The cyber attack on iPhone supplier TSMC was apparently caused by a WannaCry variant, the company has revealed. The severity of the attack caused the company to shut down some of its factories while the issue was fixed, which meant some plants were out of action for days. Although the problem has mostly been rectified now, it says it’s still expecting shipments to be delayed for some time.

The virus was injected into TSMC’s systems when a supplier reportedly installed infected software onto some of its machines, without running an antivirus scan. The infection then spread to other locations within the company’s network in Tainan, Hsinchu and Taichung, which caused the majority of its facilities to close down temporarily.

The attack may have cost the iPhone component manufacturer up to 3% of revenues and could cost Apple over $255M

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Employee of Taiwanese D-Link Falls for Phishing Leading to Data Breach

October 10, 2023

D-Link Corporation, a Taiwanese networking equipment, confirmed a data breach linked to information stolen from its network and put up for sale on BreachForums earlier this month.
The intrusion vector was likely an employee who unintentionally fell victim to phishing. The attacker claims to have stolen source code for D-Link’s D-View network management software, along with millions of entries containing personal information of customers and employees, including details on the company’s CEO.

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Confusion About $70M Ransom Demand: Kinmax or TSMC ?

June 29, 2023

“In the morning of June 29, 2023, the Company discovered that our internal specific testing environment was attacked, and some information was leaked,” reads the Kinmax statement.
“The leaked content mainly consisted of system installation preparation that the Company provided to our customers as default configurations.”

The Lockbit ransomware group claimed to have hacked chipmaker giant TSMC. TSMC stated its supplier Kinmax was attacked. Kinmax is not the corporate giant that TSMC is, so LockBit’s demands for a $70 million ransom payment will likely be ignored.

While there appears to be a mixup as to who was compromised in this attack, the $70 million ransom demand is one of the largest seen to date.

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Lockbit Demands $70M of TSMC Chipmaking Giant

June 28, 2023

Chipmaking giant TSMC denied being hacked after the LockBit ransomware gang demanded $70 million not to release stolen data.

On Wednesday, a threat actor known as Bassterlord, who is affiliated with LockBit, began to live tweet what appeared to be a ransomware attack on TSMC, sharing screenshots with information related to the company. While this Twitter thread has since been deleted, the LockBit ransomware gang created a new entry for TSMC yesterday on their data leak site, demanding $70 million or they would leak stolen data, including credentials for their systems.

A TSMC spokesperson told BleepingComputer that they were not breached, but rather the systems of one of their IT hardware suppliers, Kinmax Technology, were hacked. “Upon review, this incident has not affected TSMC’s business operations, nor did it compromise any TSMC’s customer information.”

Apart from validating that its systems had not been impacted in any way, TSMC states that it also stopped working with the breached supplier until the situation cleared up.

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Hackers Stole Source Code from Taiwanese PC Parts Maker MSI

April 5, 2023

Taiwanese PC parts maker MSI (Micro-Star International) was listed on the extortion portal of a new ransomware gang known as “Money Message”. The threat actors claimed to have stolen 1.5TB of data from MSI’s systems. The stolen data includes source code and databases. The group demanded a ransom payment of $4,000,000.

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Data Breach at Acer

February 15, 2023

Computer behemoth, Acer, suffered a data breach in mid-February after attackers were able to get into a server hosting private documents used by repair technicians.
That being said, the Taiwan-based computer firm said so far there are no indications the hack had an impact on stealing customer data.
The company’s confirmation of the breach comes after the attacker began selling on a popular hacking forum what they claim is 160GB of data stolen from Acer in mid-February, according to a report with BleepingComputer. The attacker said the stolen data contains technical manuals, software tools, backend infrastructure details, product model documentation for phones, tablets, and laptops, BIOS images, ROM files, ISO files, and replacement digital product keys (RDPK).

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Taiwanese Chipmaker ADATA Attacked by Ragnar Locker Gang

May 15, 2021

The Ragnar Locker ransomware gang published download links for more than 700GB of archived data stolen from chip maker ADATA. A set of 13 archives, allegedly containing sensitive files, have been publicly available at a cloud-based storage service. A total of 1.5TB of data was compromised.

In October 2022 the Ransomhouse gang claimed to have hacked ADATA and published data on leak site. Bleepingcomputer compared the timestamps on the data shared by RansomHouse with the data leaked by Ragnar Locker in June 2021. They found that both sets of stolen data have similar timestamps, with no file being newer than May 2021. ADATA told Bleepingcomputer they were not hacked, and that this is the same data stolen by Ragnar Locker in 2021.

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Hackers Demand $16.7M from Laptop Manufacturer Compal Electronics

November 9, 2020

Compal Electronics, a Taiwanese original design manufacturer (ODM),suffered a ransomware attack with attackers demanding almost $17M. While the company spokesperson emphasized that Compal is not being blackmailed by the hackers, BleepingComputer confirmed the ransomware attack after they obtained a ransom note used in the attack.

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REvil Extorts Apple in Supply Chain Attack

April 20, 2021

REvil ransomware gang ransomware group attacked Quanta, a Taiwan-based original design manufacturer (ODM). The attackers attempted to pressure Quanta into paying a ransom. When that didn’t work, they turned their attention to Apple by publicly releasing proprietary blueprints for new Apple devices that they had stolen from the tech giant’s business partner. According to the Tor payment page shared with BleepingComputer, Quanta has to pay $50 million until April 27th, or $100 million after the countdown ends.

Apple contracts Quanta to manufacture Apple Watch, Apple Macbook Air, and Apple Macbook Pro.

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