Compal, the world’s second-largest white-label laptop manufacturer, has been hit by the file-scrambling DoppelPaymer ransomware gang – and the hackers want $17m in cryptocurrency before they'll hand over the decryption key.
The Taiwanese factory giant, which builds systems for Apple, Lenovo, Dell, and HP, finally admitted malware infected its computers and encrypted its documents after first insisting it had suffered no more than an IT "abnormality" and that its staff had beaten off a cyber-attack.
That narrative was questioned when ransom notes to Compal asking for 1,100 Bitcoins, costing $16.7m, were leaked to Taiwanese media outlets. The intrusion was discovered on Sunday morning, and has impacted over a quarter of the company’s computers, it's reported. Compal staff say they arrived at work on Monday to be told of the outbreak, and that they needed to back up their files. It appears manufacturing systems have not been hit.
Compal is very far from the only company that has been hit by a malware infection. Last month, German IT giant Software AG admitted it too had been “affected by a malware attack,” and that “data from Software AG servers and employees' notebooks were downloaded.”
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