Hackers who hacked into Acer network using Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities demanded $ 50 million from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
The attack is one of the biggest ransomware demands to date, with Acer recently raising $ 3 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020. Had reported.
The ransomware group REvil, which also demanded $ 6 million in a raid on Travelex last year, announced earlier this week that it had used A Dark Web portal to infiltrate Acer. They even shared some pictures to prove it.
They apparently gave Acer until March 28 to pay the fee before revealing the stolen information. In a recent conversation between REvil and an Acer representative, the hackers announced that if they wanted to pay by Wednesday, they would be given a 20% discount.
But Acer does not appear to be accepting the group’s allegations, and when asked about it, it denied the ransomware attack and said in a statement that it had informed the law enforcement authorities about the recent abnormal situation. Data from several countries will be reported.
Microsoft has recently fixed several Exchange vulnerabilities exploited by some cybercriminals by releasing several updates. However, if REvil has used Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities to steal data, it is the first time that one of the major ransomware operations has used this to attack. Some reports also suggest that most of the attacks are against a group backed by the Chinese government, but that other groups may be involved.