The Garmin Hack Was a Warning

It’s been over a week since hackers crippled Garmin with a ransomware attack, and five days since its services started flickering back to life. The company still hasn’t fully recovered, as syncing issues and delays continue to haunt corners of the Garmin Connect platform. Two things, though, are clear: It could have been worse for Garmin. And it’s only a matter of time before ransomware’s big game hunters strike again.

By this point, the world has seen a few large-scale meltdowns stem from ransomware-style attacks, where hacker groups encrypt sensitive files and shake down the owners for money. In 2017, WannaCry swept the globe before intrepid hacker Marcus Hutchins found and activated its kill switch. That same year, NotPetya caused billions of dollars of damage at multinational corporations like Maersk and Merck, although the ransomware aspect turned out to be a front for a vicious data-wiper. Time appears to have emboldened some hackers, however, as large companies take their place on the list of popular targets, alongside hospitals and local governments. Read More

Tech Radar

Garmin down: what happened during the outage

On July 23, Garmin services went down. Watches, bike computers and other devices had stopped uploading data, and the Garmin Connect app began displaying a message explaining that the sudden outage was due to ‘maintenance’. Pilot software and navigation database FlyGarmin (used for Garmin navigational systems) also went down, reportedly resulting in the grounding of some planes.

A tweet from the brand confirmed that it was “experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect, and as a result, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app are down at this time”, but as the outage stretched on, speculation began to circulate that it wasn’t just a technical problem, but the result of a ransomware attack that had encrypted critical data in Garmin’s systems. Read More

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Garmin hack, OnePlus Nord and PS5 leaks: Noise Cancelling podcast episode 22

Can’t find the time to keep up with tech news? Looking for some awesome lockdown listening? We have you covered with the Noise Cancelling podcast, which is brought to you by TechRadar and our sister sites Laptop Mag and Tom’s Guide.

The show is presented by Gareth Beavis, Global Editor in Chief of TechRadar, and features Sherri L. Smith, Editor in Chief of Laptop Mag.

This week our guests are John McCann, TechRadar’s Deputy Editor, and Sam Roberts, TechRadar’s Senior Entertainment Editor, who join us (remotely, of course) to talk about the last seven days in tech. Read More


A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts

On Thursday, hackers hit the navigation and fitness giant Garmin with a ransomware attack that took down numerous services across the company. Garmin Connect, the cloud platform that syncs user activity data, went dark, as did portions of But as athletes found themselves unable to record runs and workouts, pilots who use Garmin products for position, navigation, and timing services in airplanes were dealing with their own problems.

The flyGarmin and Garmin Pilot app both suffered days-long outages, hindering some Garmin hardware used in planes, including flight-planning mechanisms and the ability to update mandatory FAA aeronautical databases. Garmin, which waited until Monday to confirm that a cyberattack caused the trouble, also saw its corporate email systems and customer call centers hobbled by the assault. (Throughout the weekend, emails to Garmin public relations staffers bounced back and phone calls wouldn’t connect.) Some reports indicate that Garmin’s ActiveCaptain maritime app also suffered outages. Read More


Garmin confirms massive cyber attack connected to Russian hackers

A massive cyberattack has left a popular wearable and GPS technology company reeling for days now.

Garmin on Monday that it was still working on getting all of its systems back online after it was hit with a cyberattack last week. The company manufactures fitness trackers, smartwatches, and other GPS and wearable devices.

The attack hit the company on Thursday, July 23 and took multiple Garmin systems offline.

“Many of our online services were interrupted including website functions, customer support, customer facing applications, and company communications,” said Garmin in a statement.  Read More


Garmin confirms a cyber attack took its systems offline

Garmin is finally giving its users more information about the system outage the company has been dealing with since the morning of July 23rd. The company has just confirmed earlier reports that it was the victim of an external cyber attack that encrypted some of the company’s systems. This attack led to disruption to a host of Garmin’s systems, including “website functions, customer support, customer facing applications and company communications.” Crucially, Garmin says it has “no evidence” that any customer data, including payment information stored in Garmin Pay, was accessed by the perpetrators. Read More

The Verge

Garmin services struggle back to life after reported ransomware attack

Garmin services appear to be struggling back to life after having been down since late Wednesday from an apparent ransomware attack. Garmin Connect, the service that lets runners, swimmers, and athletes of all sorts obsessively track their performance measured by Garmin wearables, is now syncing data again, The Verge can confirm. Dozens of relieved Garmin owners on Twitter are also reporting the first signs of life, seeing data collected from their wearables now appear in the Garmin Connect app on their phones. Read More

Tech Radar

Garmin Connect outage: Garmin says ‘no indication outage has affected data’

The Garmin outage has now lasted for multiple days, with its app, Garmin Connect, down and not allowing users to upload or connect to any of their data online – and the brand has finally commented.

TechRadar spoke to a Garmin representative who was unable to confirm whether ransomware was the reason for the outage – as has been widely reported – but directed us to a new Q&A and statement that sheds a small amount of light on the situation.

”Garmin is currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin services including Garmin Connect and Garmin Pilot.  Read More


Garmin global outage caused by ransomware attack, sources say – TechCrunch

An ongoing global outage at sport and fitness tech giant Garmin was caused by a ransomware attack, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the incident.

The incident began late Wednesday and continued through the weekend, causing disruption to the company’s online services for millions of users, including Garmin Connect, which syncs user activity and data to the cloud and other devices. The attack also took down flyGarmin, its aviation navigation and route-planning service.

Portions of Garmin’s website were also offline at the time of writing. Read More

Tech Radar

Garmin down: why the outage, is it to do with ransomware and what can you do?

There’s nothing worse than grabbing a personal best in a run and then finding out you can’t brag about it to the world.

OK, there are plenty of things worse – and actually, that kind of behavior probably isn’t healthy – but for those of us in denial, the recent Garmin outage is something that’s causing a lot of consternation.

Since July 23, the fitness brand has been suffering from a lack of connectivity, which was originally down to ‘maintenance’. This meant that anyone trying to upload a run, swim, cycle, yoga session or any kind of fitness workout to the Garmin Connect service was unable to do so. Read More