The hacker group REvil encrypted the files of the Taiwanese company Acer and demanded to pay $ 50 million in Monero cryptocurrency. This informs BleepingComputer.
According to experts, the ransomware virus entered the system through a vulnerability in Acer’s Microsoft Exchange server.
Since March 14, representatives of REvil have been extorting money for decrypting files and preventing the leakage of confidential information. The $ 50 million they requested is the largest public buyout ever.
Also in their message, the hackers asked Acer “not to repeat the fate of SolarWind, ” without explaining the details.
On March 18, the extortionists posted images of allegedly stolen files on the website, containing financial tables, bank balances and messages.
Acer officials did not confirm or deny the REvil attack, citing an ongoing investigation.
“Companies like ours are constantly being attacked. We have reported recent anomalies to law enforcement and data protection authorities in several countries, ”added Acer.
As a reminder, in April 2020, the ransomware REvil (formerly Sodinokibi) became the fourth most common ransomware. Then its creators announced their intention to abandon bitcoin in favor of Monero in order to make it difficult to track transactions.
As of October 2020, the annual earnings of REvil hackers exceeded $ 100 million .