Canon, ransomware, Maze, data stolenImaging and optical giant Canon this week revealed that data was stolen in a ransomware attack it fell victim to in early August 2020. The incident, discovered on August 4, resulted in threat actors having access to Canon's network between July 20 and August 6.
Canon has finally confirmed publicly that the cyberattack suffered in early August was caused by ransomware and that the hackers stole data from company servers. In a public announcement on Wednesday evening, Canon says that the data accessed by the attacker included employees' names, Social Security number, date of birth, the number for the driver's license number or government-issued ID, the bank account number for direct deposits from Canon, and their electronic signature.
UPDATE. The Maze ransomware gang has reportedly leaked Canon U.S.A. data online. The leaked data consists of a single file, according to the report: About 2.2 GB-worth of marketing data and videos, compiled into an archive called "STRATEGICPLANNINGpart62.zip." The Maze gang claims it represents 5 percent of all of the data stolen from the camera giant.
Canon pulled the plug on service, and restored it days later, on Tuesday, August 4 when the data-gobbling glitch was fixed, we're told. According to Bleeping Computer, Canon was hit by a Maze ransomware infection.
General Electric revealed last week that the personal information of some employees may have been compromised as a result of a data breach suffered by Canon Business Process Services. In a data breach notification sent to affected individuals and submitted to the California Attorney General, GE said an unauthorized party gained access to a Canon email account containing documents belonging to some of its employees.
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