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MSI Confirms Cyberattack, Advises Caution With Firmware

Gaming hardware maker MSI confirmed today that it was the victim of a cyberattack.and A brief statement on the websitethe company said the attack hit “some of its information systems” before returning to normal operations.

The company advises customers to obtain BIOS and firmware updates only from the MSI website and not from other sources. Details were not disclosed, and MSI said that after “detecting network anomalies,” it “implemented defense mechanisms and implemented remedial measures” before notifying the government and law enforcement agencies.

“MSI is committed to protecting the data security and privacy of our consumers, employees and partners, and will continue to enhance our cyber security architecture and controls to maintain business continuity and network security in the future. ,” reads the unsigned blog post.

The post does not mention whether customer data was stolen or affected. tom’s hardware I contacted MSI but did not hear back in time for publication. In addition, an email was bounced to the official spokesperson’s address listed on his website for the company.

The first signs of a cyberattack appeared yesterday report from beep computerThis indicates that a ransomware group called Money Message claimed to have stolen the source code, a “framework for developing BIOS”. [sic]Additionally, the site saw chats suggesting that the group claimed to have stolen 1.5 TB of data and demanded a ransom payment of over $4 million. It is unknown if these are related or if MSI paid the ransom.

This isn’t the first time in recent memory that a hardware manufacturer has seen this kind of attack. Just last month, a hacker stole 160 GB of data from Acer from a document server for repair technicians. (Acer said in October 2021 he also had 60 GB of data stolen.)

In recent years, we have seen Quanta, Nvidia, and other major hardware manufacturers investigate potential cyberattacks. It is clear that a malicious person with a desire to access data of major hardware her vendors could spread to the client her computer.

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