The ransomware attack has greatly affected Canon’s server system and website.

According to Bleeping Computer, Canon has circulated a note to employees confirming that the company is experiencing “wide spread system issues affecting multiple applications, Teams, Email, and other systems may not be available at this time.”

During the attack, Canon website in the U.S reported internal server errors. After Canon confirmed the incident, the site was undergoing temporary maintenance.

The Maze ransomware gang has taken credit for the outage, claiming to have lifted “10 terabytes of data, private databases etc.” from Canon. The data could end up on data leak sites if Canon refuses to pay the ransom after 3 days.

The attack left many Canon websites inaccessible. Image: BleepingComputer.

Besides, from July 30 to August 4, Canon’s cloud storage platform had to temporarily shut down after an issue caused the loss of some users’ photo and video files. In the official announcement, Canon said that some of the photo and video image files were lost, but there has been no leak of image data.

A new statement on the site saying that “On the 30th of July, we identified an issue within the 10GB long term storage on Some of the original photo and video data files have been lost. We have confirmed that the still image thumbnails of the affected files have not been affected.”

Canon is the latest victim of the ransomware. Image: PetaPixel.

Maze Ransomware used to attack such big companies as LG or Xerox. It is reported that this malware also targeted hospitals and laboratories amid the COVID-19 epidemic.

After attacking the network and gaining administrative permissions, the malicious code will steal files stored on server and send them to hackers. Next, the data will be encrypted on the server so that the affected company cannot access it. If the ransom is paid, the victim will be given an unlock code. If not, the data will be posted on the website of Maze.

Recent victims include not just Canon, in July, Smartwatch and wearable maker Garmin has also suffered from ransomware attacks, causing syncing issues in Garmin Connect platform, and delays in airline database and even some production lines in Asia. The company reportedly paid millions of dollars to hackers to redeem their data.

Ransomware is the most dangerous trend that emerged among cybercriminals in recent years. It is a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their system or personal files and demands a ransom payment in order to regain access. Hackers often demand payment in cryptocurrencies to avoid being tracked. In 2017, WannaCry haunted users worldwide with hundreds of thousands of infected computers.

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