StarHub and Gigabyte's servers exposed to ransomware attack

Amongst recent cyberattacks that reached between 800 and 1,500 businesses around the world, PC component maker Gigabyte and Singaporean telco StarHub were compromised and affected by yet another cyberattack targeting several internal servers.

On Friday, Gigabyte Global was hit with a ransomware attack aimed at the company’s internal servers instead of the system.

The Taiwanese firm told the country’s United Daily News that the firm’s IT team discovered the breach and hastily worked on restoring the affected servers as they took the necessary measures to contain the threat.

Gigabyte’s team had already dealt with the situation, the company it is still uncertain as to how to breach took place. The only announcement released by the firm addressed how its IT team is maintaining its focus on restoring the breached servers and laying out the necessary strategies to prevent any similar incidents.

As far as the hackers’ identity, a group named RansomExx claimed responsibility for the attack.

Although the motherboard vendor did not release the names of the hackers, their identity was detected through a source to a dark web page where typically the gang would release threats to hacked companies.

Earlier in July, Singaporean telco company StarHub experienced a breach in its customer base’s data.

The exposure impacted more than 57,000 StarHub customers where a file was illegally uploaded to a third-party data dump website, according to a report published by the company.

The infiltrated files included users “identity card numbers, mobile numbers, and email addresses belonging to 57,191 individual customers who had subscribed to the Singapore-based company’s services before 2007,” said the service provider.

The incident was instantly detected when the firm’s IT team located the file, which in return activated a protocol that led to the removal of the document from the data dumpsite.

“Data security customer privacy are serious matters for StarHub, and I apologize for the concern this incident may be causing out affected customers,” StarHub CEO Nikhil Eapen said in a statement.

Regarding the victims affected by the breach, they were notified via email that the service provider will offer six months of complimentary credit monitoring.

The latest breach on the hardware vendor’s headquarters marks another hit in the latest ransomware scheme hackers are calculating on some of Taiwan’s tech companies, including Acer, AdvanTech, Compal, Quanta, and Garmin.