Garmin Is Hit by an Extensive Online Outage

Lakota Gambill The company has yet to confirm the reason for the system being down

Lakota Gambill The company has yet to confirm the reason for the system being down

ZDNet states flyGarmin, the web service supporting Garmin's aviation navigational devices, was likewise shut down. The brand also said the outage impacts its call centers. Since Thursday Garmin Connect has been down, with the mobile app and website for the health and fitness programme taken offline.

In an outage notification the company websites that are still down, Garmin said it's working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and has apologized for the inconvenience to customers.

Additionally, the outage is affecting Garmin's call centers, and they are are now unable to receive any calls, emails, or online chats, according to the announcement.

Global Positioning System and wearables company Garmin Ltd. has suffered a suspected ransomware attack that has caused its services to be taken offline and manufacturing operations to be suspended.

It's unclear whether any customer data was stolen, lost, or otherwise affected by the Garmin outage.

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Garmin's website for pilots, FlyGarmin.com, carries a large alert about the current service outage, with no time of service restoration given.

The company says it can't receive any calls, emails, or online chats.

To deal with the issues affecting the company following the outage, Garmin has shut down its official website, Garmin Connect, its aviation database services, and some of its Asian production lines. But Garmin hasn't publicly confirmed any such attack. The publication also asserts that Garmin employees were told that their server had been "attacked by a virus" and that it might be a ransomware attack.

Garmin has yet to officially call it a ransomware attack, but Garmin employees have individually referred to it as such and even stated it's a new strain of ransomware called WastedLocker.

No, it's not just you. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. It has been updated to reflect that BleepingComputer now has confirmation from a source familiar with the ongoing investigation that Garmin's network was indeed hit by the WastedLocker ransomware. Massimo Gaetani, an entrepreneur in Cambridge, England, said he was disappointed the company wasn't updating users after its initial tweets on Thursday. Garmin is now dealing with all of those things.

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