Garmin paid a kidnapper’s ransom to get our data back

Have you been having trouble uploading your swim from your watch to Strava or other online platform recently?
Garmin says all platforms and systems are back online, but what they didn’t say is that they (apparently) dodged US sanctions to pay ruthless criminals US$10 million in bitcoin to get our data back.
It seems unbelievable that a large respectable company would pay off criminals at all. It seems to be a breach of US government sanctions against the makers of NetWalker, the ransomware behind the attack.
But Garmin caved in less than three days and reportedly apparently knew they were possibly in breach of the law.
There is more on this story at my swim coaching site.
garmin

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s