Laptop maker Compal hit by ransomware attack

DoppelPaymer hackers reportedly ordered the company to hand over almost £13 million in ransom

Laptop manufacturer Compal has been hit by a ransomware attack which saw attackers demanding a ransom of close to £13 million.

Compal, which is based in Taiwan, is considered the second-largest laptop manufacturer in the world after Quanta Computers. It is known for handling the design and production of monitors, tablets, and television screens for tech giants such as Apple, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, HP, and Fujitsu.

However, its high-ranking status did not stop the company from falling victim to a ransomware attack over the weekend. 

Taiwanese media were quick to report that Compal had been hit by a cyber attack. At first, the laptop manufacturer denied that it was being blackmailed by cyber criminals and blamed the issue on an "abnormality" in their office automation system. However, BleepingComputer managed to obtain the ransom note and confirmed that the company had in fact suffered a DoppelPaymer ransomware attack.

The publication also found that, according to the DoppelPaymer Tor payment site linked in the ransom note, Compal had been asked to pay 1,100 Bitcoins, which is around £12,906,473, to receive a decryptor.

Doppelmayer has been previously linked to the recent attack on Newcastle University, as well as the attacks on Elon Musk's companies SpaceX and Tesla earlier this year.

The group behind DoppelPaymer also reportedly offer their services for others to use, similar to the 'ransomware as a service' (RaaS) operation run by the Netwalker group, which has reportedly made over $29 million since March.

Related Resource

Cyber security automation for dummies

Tips for automating security responses and optimising your security ecosystem

Download now

Compal spokesperson Lu Qingxiong told Taiwanese business news website UDN that the company had informed its suppliers that the incident was likely to affect some projects in the short term but added that most of the issues had been resolved.

ITWire reported that Compal likely hasn't yet responded to the ransom note, as the group behind DoppelPaymer have not listed the ransomware attack on their dark web site. It is not yet known whether the laptop manufacturer is planning to pay the ransom. 

Featured Resources

Managing security risk and compliance in a challenging landscape

How key technology partners grow with your organisation

Download now

Evaluate your order-to-cash process

15 recommended metrics to benchmark your O2C operations

Download now

AI 360: Hold, fold, or double down?

How AI can benefit your business

Download now

Getting started with Azure Red Hat OpenShift

A developer’s guide to improving application building and deployment capabilities

Download now

Recommended

Best ransomware removal tools
ransomware

Best ransomware removal tools

22 Jan 2021
SonicWall hacked via zero-day flaw in remote access tools
Security

SonicWall hacked via zero-day flaw in remote access tools

25 Jan 2021
Hackers publish over 4,000 files stolen from SEPA in ransomware attack
Security

Hackers publish over 4,000 files stolen from SEPA in ransomware attack

22 Jan 2021

Most Popular

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD
operating systems

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD

21 Jan 2021
What is the Raspberry Pi Pico?
Hardware

What is the Raspberry Pi Pico?

21 Jan 2021
How to recover deleted emails in Gmail
email delivery

How to recover deleted emails in Gmail

6 Jan 2021