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Garmin services come back to life after a reported ransomware attack

Garmin services seem to come back to life after being down since late Wednesday due to an apparent ransomware attack. Garmin Connect, the service that allows runners, swimmers and athletes of all types to measure their performance obsessively, measured by Garmin wearables, now resynchronizes data, The edge can confirm. Dozens of relieved Garmin owners on Twitter are also reporting the first signs of life, seeing data collected from their wearables now appearing in the Garmin Connect app on their phones.

However, Garmin’s app still reports server maintenance, and the Garmin status page has recently gone offline, so Garmin users may not be clear yet. Garmin said on Saturday that it “has no indication that this outage has affected your data, including activity, payment, or other personal information.”

The outage was caused by a new type of ransomware called WastedLocker, according to sources that speak ZDNET, Bleeping Computer, and Techcrunch. Wastedlocker, managed by the hacker group known as Evil Corp, encrypts data but does not filter it, allowing affected systems to be restored from backups without paying a ransom.

We will update this article when Garmin responds to requests for a statement.