Garmin confirms ransomware attack took down services

Sport and fitness tech giant Garmin has confirmed its five-day outage was caused by a ransomware attack.

In a brief statement on Monday, the company said it was hit by a cyberattack that “encrypted some of our systems” on July 23.

“As a result, many of our online services were interrupted including website functions, customer support, customer facing applications, and company communications,” the statement read. “We immediately began to assess the nature of the attack and started remediation.”

Garmin said it had “no indication” that customer data was accessed, lost, or stolen. The company said its services are being restored.

TechCrunch previously reported that the attack was caused by the WastedLocker ransomware, citing a source with direct knowledge of the incident. WastedLocker is known to be used by a Russian hacking group, known as Evil Corp., which was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury last year.

Garmin is expected to report earnings on Wednesday.

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