Apple faces ransomware demand after a group of cybercriminals stole confidential blueprints for the company’s upcoming products from a vendor.
The “Sodin” group, which makes and manages a ransomware called REvil, claims to have stolen the blueprints from Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese company that assembles a number of Apple laptops.
Like normal ransomware, REvil encrypts victims’ files and demands payment to receive the encryption key and recover the data. But Sodin went further, attempting to steal the files themselves and extort payments from those with backups by threatening to post confidential data.
According to a statement posted on the criminals’ dark website – which they call the “Happy Blog” – Quanta refused to pay the ransom, which led hackers to start threatening the company’s customers.
“In order not to wait for the next Apple presentations, we, the REvil group, will today provide data on the next releases of the company so beloved by many,” the blog said. “Tim Cook can say thank you Quanta. On our side, a lot of time has been spent on solving this problem. “
Hackers claim that among the stolen documents are plans for a pair of Apple laptops, a new Apple Watch, and a new Lenovo ThinkPad. To back up their claims, they released a set of plans for certain products, including schematics for the new iMacs the company launched on Tuesday.
The ransomware request was originally released hours before the company’s launch, and hackers say they will release more documents each day, adding, “We recommend that Apple repurchase the available data by May 1. ” A similar extortion attempt by the same group, targeting Acer, demanded $ 50 million in exchange for deleting the files.
Already, netizens have started to delve into the details of the leaks, noting differences with current models on sale: a new version of the MacBook Pro is presented without the company’s controversial “Touch Bar”, for example, and a return Potential for HDMI ports, SD card readers and MagSafe connectivity to the machine.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.