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Canon also falls victim to an apparent ransomware attack

Just a week after Garmin recovered from a ransomware attack, data and systems from Japanese technology company Canon are reportedly being held hostage. BleepingComputer reports that 10 TB of corporate data has been stolen because Canon is dealing with widespread system failures.

More than two dozen domains owned by Canon have been affected by the outage. Canon’s US website currently says it is not available for maintenance, although it does globally and Japanese websites seems untouched.

An internal Canon IT email reportedly said the company is experiencing “widespread system issues affecting multiple applications, teams, email and other systems that may not be available at this time.” BleepingComputer has also obtained a partial screenshot of the alleged ransom note sent to Canon identifying the Maze ransom used in the attack.

Partial ransom note from Canon attackers.
Statue: Bleeping Computer

Unlike the WastedLocker ransomeware reportedly used in the Garmin attack, Maze encrypts internal systems and filters out data. When contacted by BleepingComputer, the hacking group behind the Maze attack said that they have “10 terabytes of data, private databases, etc.” stolen from Canon. The data could end up on data breach sites if Canon refuses to pay the ransom. Garmin is said to have paid a multimillion-dollar ransom to restore access to its systems.

When reached for comment by The edge and asked about the truthfulness of BleepingComputer’s Canon reported that it was investigating the situation.