Home appliance giant Whirlpool hit in Nefilim ransomware attack
Home appliance giant Whirlpool suffered a ransomware attack by the Nefilim ransomware gang that stole data before encrypting devices.
Whirlpool is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances with appliances under its name and KitchenAid, Maytag, Brastemp, Consul, Hotpoint, Indesit and Bauknecht. Whirlpool employs 77,000 people in 59 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world and had sales of approximately $ 20 billion in 2019.
Over the weekend, the Nefilim ransomware gang released files stolen from Whirlpool during a ransomware attack. The leaked data included documents related to employee benefits, requests for accommodation, requests for medical information, background checks and more.
Whirlpool data leak on Nefilim site
A cybersecurity source told BleepingComputer that the Nefilim ransomware gang attacked Whirlpool on the first weekend in December.
Nefilim ransom note
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In a statement to BleepingComputer, Whirlpool confirmed the attack and that their systems were fully restored after the attack.
“We live in an age where cyber crime is all too common in all industries. Privacy is a top priority at Whirlpool Corporation and we invest in technology and processes to protect our people, our data and our operations.”
“In the past month, Whirlpool Corporation detected ransomware in our environment. The malware was quickly detected and contained. We are not aware of any consumer information that has been disclosed. There is currently no operational impact,” Whirlpool Corporation said in an email BleepingComputer.
Nefilim isn’t a particularly active ransomware operation, but is known to have attacked other large and well-known victims in the past.
Other victims attacked by Nefilim include Orange SA, Dussman Group, Luxottica and Toll Group.
Updated 12/28/20: Whirlpool systems are fully recovering and are not slowly recovering as originally stated.