I have a Garmin-based satnav in my car. Fortunately it’s so dumb that it doesn’t need an internet connection so not affected by this hack. Interesting that this UK tabloid article focuses on the supposed perpetrator. Given the recent parliamentary report on Russian interference, there’s a lot of column inches being given over to Russians…:
Tens of millions of people around the world have found their Garmin devices, including those used by runners, cyclists and pilots, down for a fifth day after being hacked by Russian group Evil Corps which is demanding a $10m ransom to restore their operation.
Garmin has been ordered to pay the ransom by the cybercriminal group headed by a 33-year-old Russian playboy hacker, Maksim Yakubets, who drives a customized $250,000 Lamborghini.
In December 2019, the FBI placed a $5 million bounty on Yakubets head for information leading to his capture. It is the largest reward being offered for an alleged criminal connected to cybercrime.
Yakubets’ latest target is Garmin, which has still offered no explanation for their outage, but security analysts said the reason is likely ransomware, a technique used by hackers to encrypt data and extort funds.
The company said on Twitter that its website and Garmin Connect fitness app had been offline since Thursday. It said the ‘flyGarmin’ site used for aviation databases was also down.