Apparently Canon has also suffered a hacker attack: its American site has been offline for some hours, although fortunately both the global and the Japanese site continue to function properly, but a total of about 25 company domains would be affected. The news comes a few days after the similar one related to Garmin.
According to information gathered by BleepingComputer, the hackers would have managed to steal 10 TB of data from the Japanese multinational (the information was provided by the newspaper by the hackers themselves); The company's IT administrators specifically speak of a ransomware attack, conducted with the malware identified by the name of Maze. The attack could therefore be more serious than that supported by Garmin, because Maze not only encrypts the contents of the hard drives it infects, but also steals them and transfers them to unauthorized servers. Hackers use this technique as an additional incentive to pay: if you do it within a few days, we will delete our copies of the data, otherwise we will spread everything publicly.
Garmin appears to have had to pay a multi-million dollar ransom to repossess the contents of his computers; for the moment it is not known the extent of the economic request, nor if Canon is willing to pay. It is not even clear how the virus infected the internal network, but as the recent attack on Twitter has shown us, often not even the best cyber defenses in the world protect you from a well thought out scam.