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Canon is hit by massive ransomware attack: 10TB of user data at risk, with doubts as to whether or not images were compromised

Over 10TB of user data was compromised in the data breach (Image source: Panda Security)
Over 10TB of user data was compromised in the data breach (Image source: Panda Security)
A large number of Canon domains were recently targeted by the Maze ransomware attack, resulting in the theft of over 10TB of sensitive user data. While Canon claims that photo images weren’t compromised, other sensitive user information is currently at risk.
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Camera maker Canon was hit by a major ransomware attack recently. An attack by a ransomware threat actor called “Maze” resulted in over 10TB of sensitive user data being compromised and at risk of being released in public. 

According to Canon, no user image data was compromised in the attack. However, a seemingly contradictory statement raises questions: in their statement, Canon claimed that “some” photo and video image files were “lost.” At the same time, they stated that “there was no leak of image data.” 

Whether or not actual pictures and videos were lost in the ransomware attack, over 10TB of file on Canon databases, including sensitive user information, was lost in the attack. 

In Maze’s ransomware note, the threat actor claimed that if they weren’t contacted by Canon within a week, the data they stole would be released in public. At the moment, with the lack of clarity about whether or not images were actually stolen, it’s hard to ascertain the impact this would have. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 470 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-08- 6 (Update: 2020-08- 6)