Garmin admits cyber attack took down its network

Garmin reportedly hit by ransomware

Garmin is finally giving its users more information about the system outage the company has been dealing with since the morning of July 23rd.

While it is widely reported that this outage was caused by a ransomware attack, Garmin has not issued a statement reporting as much.

Garmin says it may have been hit by a ransomware attack.

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"As our affected systems are restored, we expect some delays as the backlog of information is being processed", Garmin said. A Garmin spokesperson said the company had no comment beyond its statement. Website ZDNet reports that the widespread outage is the result of a ransomware attack, something that Garmin has not confirmed or denied on being queried.

Late last week, Garmin suffered a major services outage - and now, more than four days later, things still aren't back to normal. Garmin's line of aviation navigational equipment, which helps pilots plan and schedule flights, was also impacted. But a person familiar with the incident response told The Associated Press the attackers had turned over decryption keys that would allow Garmin to unlock the data scrambled in the attack. It implies that Garmin equipment are not able to sync with the company's phone app - in switch halting them from syncing workouts or routes - as very well as getting down its buyer service equipment, and so knocking its call centres and other programs offline.

The two sources spoke to TechCrunch on condition of anonymity, since they have not been authorised to speak to the press, and said that Garmin was working on bringing its network back online. Reviews declare that Garmin's IT department shut down all of the company's computers, such as those people of workforce doing work from residence who were being connected by VPN, to halt the spread of the ransomware throughout its community. A new type of ransomware called WastedLocker is believed to have been behind the attack, according to the reports. WastedLocker was reportedly created by a Russian hacker group known as Evil Corp.

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