A ransomware attack against Garmin affected pilots that rely on the company’s support for aviation navigational equipment.
Smartwatch maker and data-syncing service provider, Garmin, was the subject of a ransomware attack that took down several of its services on July 23, which managed to encrypt its internal network.
According to a series of tweets published by the company, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app were affected by the hackers, plus the call centers and every customer support resources like replying emails, online chats, and handling calls.
However, the nature of the attack was unveiled by ZDNet, who also stated that the cybercriminals also targeted flyGarmin, the company’s service that supports its line of aviation navigational equipment.
Pilots affected by the ransomware
The Garmin Pilot app also was offline during the entire day, affecting several pilots that rely on the software to schedule and plan flights.
As of press time, Garmin’s website is working, but they’ve placed the following message:
“We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin.com and Garmin Connect.