Acer confirms the breach after hacker offers to sell stolen data
The world’s largest manufacturer of electronics, Acer, has acknowledged being hacked after a hacker reportedly offered to sell 160 GB of files taken from the company’s systems.
Taiwanese electronics maker Acer reported that one of its document servers had been compromised after a hacker allegedly stole 160 gigabytes of data from the business.
In an email response to a security vendor, the Taiwanese electronics maker said:
We recently discovered a case of repair workers having unauthorized access to one of our document servers. There is presently no evidence that any customer data was stored on that server, though our investigation is ongoing,
Acer released the statement in response to a hacker posting on a well-known website for cybercrime that he was offering to sell more than 2,800 files weighing a combined 160 GB for an unspecified sum of cryptocurrency.
As per the information available in Darkweb and other forums , the files contain private slides, staff manuals, private product documentation, binary files, details on the backend architecture, disk images, replacement digital product keys, and BIOS-related data.
The data was purportedly stolen in the middle of February, according to the hacker, who has a solid reputation on the forum where the data was put up for sale.
Acer has previously acknowledged other data breaches. The IT giant admitted that servers in Taiwan and India had been compromised in October 2021, after a group allegedly stole more than 60 GB of data from the company’s systems.
Author: Sayyam Gangwal