Olympus probes apparent cyberattack, its second in less than a month

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Oct 12, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

Japanese technology manufacturer Olympus announced Tuesday that it was investigating “a potential cybersecurity incident” affecting IT systems in the U.S., , and Latin America.

The Oct. 12 statement was light on detail but said the “incident” was detected Sunday, Oct. 10. The Tokyo-based company has offices and subsidiaries around the world, which produce and sell equipment such as medical devices and various microscopes.

The issue comes nearly a month after the company was the victim of a ransomware attack affecting its units in , the Middle East, and Africa. That incident was reportedly the work of an attacker affiliated the ransomware group, one of the successor groups of DarkSide, the Russia-based gang behind the Colonial Pipeline in May, which became a major discussion point between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral summit in June.

BlackMatter is also linked to REvil, another prolific ransomware group behind a string of attacks earlier this year.

A ransomware expert told TechCrunch Tuesday that it’s not clear whether the Oct. 10 incident was another ransomware attack, but the fact that it occurred on a weekend —

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