The American appliance marketer company, Whirlpool is one of the world’s largest home appliance and home smart gadgets as well as device creators. It has a diverse variety of products under various categories namely Kitchen aid, Indesit, Hotpoint, etc. The incident demonstrated how not even the big names are immune to the ransomware threat.
This ransomware attack was done by the Nefilim Ransomware Gang whose main task is to get into the encrypted data system by breaking the firewall and stealing confidential information for some obligatory money. With the same, if the money or the demanded amount in cash or kind is not provided on time, they leak the confidential information to the public. As per the investigations, a similar incident happened with Whirlpool in the first week of December 2020 as well, however, the exact time and date remain unknown.
The data that the Nefilim gang leaked on its website includes sensitive information of the organization like the documents regarding employee benefits, medical information requests, background checks, accommodation requests, and much more.
Though they never opened up about the leaked data by the Nefilim gang, the consequences made them agree on the blooming rumors’. In an interview, Whirlpool talked about the attack and communicated, “Last month Whirlpool Corporation discovered ransomware in our environment. The malware was detected and contained quickly. We are unaware of any consumer information that was exposed. There is no operation impact at this time”.
“We live in a time when Illegal cyber crimes are all too prevalent across every industry. Data privacy is a top priority at Whirlpool Corporation, and we invest in the technology and processes to help protect, our people, our data our operations.”
Later, Whirlpool affirmed that their systems are fortunately restored after the malicious malware attack and everything is safe.