Taiwanese officials say they are investigating ransomware cyberattacks against major Taiwanese tech companies.
Quanta Computer is the manufacturer of many major Apple products, including the MacBook line.
A hacker known as Revil has published a stolen blueprint for an unreleased product and threatens to release more.
Taiwanese officials said the case was “taken the first step in investigating and understanding.”
It is handled by the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau.
An anonymous hacker is trying to force a ransom directly from Apple on the Darknet website, writing that “Apple recommended buying back the data available by May 1st.”
It is understood that they are demanding tens of millions of pounds.
It is not clear how close the alleged blueprint is to the actual future product. Bloomberg Report The leaked material should include a schematic of a future MacBook laptop. Guardian Report The new Apple Watch is among them.
Apple didn’t respond, but Quanta confirmed that a cyberattack had taken place.
In a press release, the company said: “Quanta Computer’s information security team has worked with external IT professionals in response to cyberattacks on a small number of Quanta servers.
“We reported on the recently observed anomalous activity to relevant law enforcement and data protection authorities and maintained seamless communication. There is no significant impact on the company’s operations.”
The release of the hacked material took place just hours before Apple’s major product showcase event on Tuesday.
Revil said the timing wasn’t a coincidence and wrote that the data breach was “not waiting for Apple’s upcoming presentation.”
The Taiwan Research Bureau, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Justice, told Nikkei Asia, “We are aware of the suspicion of a cyberattack involving Quanta and have taken the first step to investigate and understand the nature of the case.
“But we have not filed a proceeding yet and have not started an official investigation.”
The Revil Group, also known as Sodinokobi, is one of the most prolific and profitable cybercrime cartels in the world.
The gang has previously hacked and blackmailed Forex company Travelex and New York law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.