Garmin Fitness Tracking Service Suffers Global Outage Due to Suspected Ransomware Attack

It has been over 22 hours since the outage was first reported by Garmin on Thursday.

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Garmin Fitness Tracking Service Suffers Global Outage Due to Suspected Ransomware Attack

Garmin Connect website carries a notice that confirms the outage but doesn’t provide any further details

Highlights
  • Garmin devices have been disconnected due to the outage
  • The issue seems to be due to a ransomware attack
  • Garmin aviation systems are also affected by the outage

Garmin smartwatches and fitness bands services are facing a major outage globally. While the company has confirmed that the Garmin Connect app and website were down due to the outage, it hasn't provided any further clarity. However, it is believed to be due to a ransomware attack that took place on July 23. The outage has affected not just Garmin devices but also its call centres and support network across the globe. Gadgets 360 was able to confirm that Garmin users in India aren't able to use its wearables or reach out to the company's support team.

It has been over 22 hours since the outage was first reported by Garmin on Thursday. “We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect, and as a result, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app are down at this time,” the company said in a tweet while announcing the issue. It added by saying that the outage also affects its call centres.

“We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and apologise for this inconvenience,” Garmin said.

A notice has also been provided on the Garmin Connect website stating the same message that was posted on Twitter. Furthermore, the Garmin Connect app, which establishes a connection between Garmin fitness devices and smartphones, is giving an error message saying it's down for maintenance.

Several users have complained about the hours-long outage on Twitter and other social media platforms.

 

 

 

Garmin India confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the outage exists in the country - alongside global markets.

ZDNet reports that apart from Garmin's consumer wearables, flyGarmin, which is the company's Web service that works with its aviation navigation devices, has also been impacted by the issue. This means many pilots aren't able to use their navigation gear. Similarly, the Garmin Pilot app that allows flyers to schedule and plan their flights was down since the issue impacted the company's other services.

The failure in service seems to have surfaced due to a new strain of ransomware called WastedLocker that impacted the IT infrastructure of Garmin. According to an internal memo reportedly from Garmin's IT staff in Taiwan, which has been posted by ITHome, its factories have been down in the country for two days of maintenance to deal with the issue. It is said to be a result of a “virus”, though content details aren't available in the reported memo.


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Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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