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Outage knocks Garmin GPS devices offline for more than a day

Outage knocks Garmin GPS devices offline for more than a day”

Garmin's online services have been down for days. A banner on its website reads: "We are now experiencing an outage that affects Garmin.com and Garmin Connect".

The tweets continued to update that the outage also affected its call centers, making it impossible for Garmin to receive any calls, attend emails, or connect via online chats.

If you're having trouble syncing your latest run from your Garmin Connect, you're not alone.

The Garmin Pilot app utilized to schedule and plan flights went down, also. And with the software being down, and unable to update, that means some pilots can not be in the air due to FAA rules, reports ZDNet. Garmin officials could not be reached for comment. This further fuelled the speculations that a ransomware attack was the reason behind the lengthy outage of Garmin services.

ZDNet reported that a Garmin spokesperson declined to confirm that the issues were caused by a ransomware attack, though many employees said that it was.

Business Insider has contacted Garmin with questions about whether a ransomware attack was tied to the shutdown, and whether any customer or employee data was compromised if so. And until Garmin can verify whether that's happened, it's likely they will continue to remain relatively quiet. It added by saying that the outage also affects its call centres.

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Talos Intelligence claims that the hacking group Evil Corp could be the probable perpetrator of the attack, as it is closely associated with the use of WastedLocker ransomware.

The software encrypts the files of the infected host. That means companies with backups may be able to escape paying the ransom.

Brett Callow, a threat analyst and ransomware expert at security firm Emsisoft, said those sanctions make it "especially complicated" for US -based companies dealing with WastedLocker infections.

Ransomware is a type of computer virus created to infiltrate and lock down computers and the networks they're connected to.

The enterprise has stayed mostly silent throughout the technical problems, which have stopped central functions of its gadgets from working, issuing only a uncomplicated update that manufactured apparent it was struggling an outage and that a lot of of its techniques have been offline.

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