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Thursday, 18 February 2021 13:56

Kia Reportedly Under Ransomware Attack With $20M Demand

Written by Chris Bruce, Motor1.com

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...now operational," the statement said. "We anticipate remaining primary customer-facing affected systems will continue to come back online within the next 24-48 hours, with our most critical systems first in line.

 

"We apologize for the inconvenience to affected customers, especially those impacted by winter storms, who felt the outage of our remote start and heating feature most acutely. Kia is wholly focused on fully resolving this issue and would like to thank our customers for their continued patience.

 

"We are aware of online speculation that Kia is subject to a ransomware attack," the statement concluded. "At this time, and based on the best and most current information, we can confirm that we have no evidence that Kia or any Kia data is subject to a ransomware attack."

 

UPDATE 3: Hyundai also responded to our request for comment. Like Kia, it is denying the allegations of a ransomware attack.

 

"Hyundai Motor America is experiencing an IT outage affecting a limited number of customer-facing systems," Hyundai told Motor1. "Those systems are in the process of coming back online. We would like to thank our customers for their continued patience. At this time, we can also confirm that we have no evidence of Hyundai Motor America or its data being subject to a ransomware attack."

 

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