American hardware company MaxLinear infected with the Maze ransomware


The U.S. semiconductor manufacturer MaxLinear operational systems infected with the Maze ransomware

MaxLinear is an American hardware company. Founded in 2003, it provides highly integrated radio-frequency (RF) analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for broadband communications applications. It is a New York Stock Exchange-traded company. MaxLinear sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), module makers, and original design manufacturers (ODMs).

The company revealed that MaxLinear’s operational systems were infected by the Maze ransomware. The IT team of the company further stated that no interruption was made yet in the systems. “The ransomware attack has not materially affected our production and shipment capabilities, and order fulfillment has continued without material interruption,” the company says.

According to the research done by the cyber team of the company, the attack was exploited on 15th April 2020 and was discovered by them on 24th May 2020, the company sent emails and messages to its customers that were impacted.

“We immediately took all systems offline, retained third-party cybersecurity experts to aid in our investigation, contacted law enforcement, and worked to safely restore systems in a manner that protected the security of information on our systems,” reads a copy of the letter, which the chip maker submitted to the State of California’s Attorney General.

As per the research, the attackers were able to access to companies employees names, mailing addresses, personal and company emails, employee ID numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial account numbers, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, work locations, compensation and benefits information, dependent details, and date of employment.

The company further has pushed a notification to all the accounts that were infected with a password reset request, as it found that the Maze operators have been exploiting the financial details of the users.

The organization is working with a third-party to evaluate the information posted by the hackers. It has already restored some of the affected systems and equipment, but the restoration effort is ongoing.

“Although we have incurred and will incur incremental costs as a result of forensic investigation and remediation, we do not currently expect that the incident will materially or adversely affect our operating expenses,” the company says.

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