Originally published July 29th, 2020 as an interview on Cycling Tips, with Matt de Neef
Cyberattacks can be personal. On Thursday, July 23rd, Garmin experienced a massive WastedLocker ransomware attack, effecting millions of worldwide users. As of writing, they still haven’t resumed normal operations. Activities can’t be synced, and if it wasn’t uploaded to Strava… did it take place? Beyond App connectivity, Garmin is reportedly experiencing a company-wide disruption, shutting down support centers and manufacturing. It’s emerging that even “standalone” devices are being affected, with reports that watches are experiencing tracking glitches, and failures saving activities.
While frustrating for sports users, implications can be much further reaching.
Has the integrity of privacy data and training history been compromised? What about Garmin’s mission-critical Aviation and Naval navigation system? The flyGarmin service used by pilots is reportedly down.