Compal makes laptops, monitors, television screens and tablets for large gadget brands including Apple, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, HP, and Fujitsu. The company’s network was hit by a ransomware attack over the weekend.
When the incident was first reported, Compal denied acknowledging the cyberattack. It also denied being blackmailed by the ransomware attackers. Compal rather blamed the issue on the abnormality of the automation system in the office.
According to the media reports, DoppelPaymer ransomware gang is responsible for the attack. The news suggests that Compal is asked to pay 1,100 bitcoins by the ransomware attackers.
Taiwanese media suggests that the attack may have impacted over 30% of Compal’s computer systems. The company has already informed the employees through an internal memo. Compal has asked them to check the status of their workstation and backup the important files.
The incident has impacted the internal office network as well as the production lines which is used to build laptops for other companies. Compal will be back to normal later today. By Monday, the company will finish restoring all the systems that were impacted by the attack.
Compal is known for producing laptops for top brands such as Lenovo, Dell, Apple, Toshiba, HP, and Fujitsu. Apart from this, it also builds monitors, tablets, smart TVs, smartwatches and other computer peripherals.
This is the third-largest Taiwanese PC maker to be hit by the ransomware attack this year. The state-owned company, CPC Corp was attacked by ColdLocker in May this year.