Camera maker and Japanese tech giant Olympus was recently forced to shut down its IT systems in the US, Canada and Latin America after falling victim to a cyberattack.
In a statement on its website, the company said it is currently in the process of investigating a possible cyber security incident that occurred on October 10 that affected its IT systems.
After detecting suspicious activity on its network, Olympus mobilized a response team made up of forensic experts, though it suspended all of its affected systems to prevent any potential threats. At the same time, the company is working with third parties as part of its investigation.
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Olympus has confirmed that the incident was rooted in IT systems in the US, Canada and Latin America and that no other region was affected by the attack.
If this latest incident sounds all too familiar, it is likely because Olympus suffered a similar cyberattack last month that affected its European, Middle East and Africa networks.
At the time, the company issued a similar statement saying it was “investigating a potential cybersecurity incident.” However, Nerdshala spoke to an unnamed source familiar with the incident, who said that Olympus was recovering from the ransomware attack.
A ransom note was reportedly left on the company’s infected systems that linked the attack to the ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) group Blackmatter. According to ransomware expert and Emsisoft threat analyst, Brett Callow, who spoke with the news outlet, this new group has emerged from the ashes of the Darkside ransomware group, which spun off in May following an attack on Colonial Pipeline.
Olympus has yet to confirm that the Blackmatter ransomware group was behind the first attack, and the investigation into the second attack is still ongoing.
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