The ransom note was both taunting and ominous: “Today we, the REvil Group, will provide data on the upcoming releases of the company beloved by many,” the criminal hackers wrote.
In the note posted on the Dark Web they told the world they hacked an Apple supplier called Quanta Computer and wanted $50 million in ransom or else they would release sensitive internal documents. “Tim Cook can say thank you Quanta,” wrote REvil.
The extortion attempt, which came early this week, represented a significant escalation for a well-known hacker collective. And experts tell CNBC it may presage a new era of emboldened ransomware attackers who are protected by Russian leader Vladimir Putin and…