Canon U.S.A Confirms Ransomware Attack and Theft of Data

Canon publicly confirmed a ransomware attack last August that lead to data loss from their servers.

Canon USA publicly confirmed a ransomware attack last August that lead to data loss from their servers. 

BleepingComputer was the first outlet to take note of the attack after tracking a suspicious outage on Canon’s cloud photo and video storage service (image.canon) that caused users to lose files.

According to a leaked email, Canon USA sent out a company-wide notification informing employees of extensive system issues that made multiple applications including teams and email unavailable.

Canon USA said that they identified a security incident involving ransomware on August 4, 2020, and began to investigate. 

Canon USA added that it notified law enforcement and worked to support the investigation along with installing additional security measures to further enhance the security of its network.

According to Canon USA, there was unauthorized activity on its network between July 20, 2020 and August 6, 2020 which involved unauthorized access to files on Canon’s file servers. 

It was found out by November 2, 2020 that the said files contained information about current and former employees from 2005 to 2020 and their beneficiaries and dependents.

Canon advised its current and former employees from 2005 to 2020 and their beneficiaries and dependents to watch their financial statements and to report any suspicious activities. 


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