Garmin Sports Electronics Devices Were Hacked
Services of the well-known manufacturer of smartwatches and electronic devices for sports Garmin are not available since July 23.
ZDNet reports that the failure is caused by a hacker attack. According to them, the attackers encrypted the system's data and demand a ransom. They often manage to get access if one of the employees clicks on a malicious link. The company does not officially confirm these messages.
Previously, Garmin users around the world were faced with the fact that they could not upload data from their devices to special applications, such as information about sports training. The information remains in the memory of their devices, which continue to work, but the app offers more detailed information about classes, steps taken, set records, etc.
In addition, the failure affected the service for pilots of flyGarmin aircraft. Pilots using the service told ZDNet that they were unable to load the Garmin database into their navigation devices. According to the requirements of the US Federal Aviation Administration, databases must be updated regularly, so flights are at risk. The Garmin Pilot app, which is used for flight planning, also doesn't work.
According to a report from Garmin, due to the same failure, the company's call centers do not work, so operators can not receive calls, emails, and messages in online chats on the site.