In an unfortunate situation popular car company Kia Motors America recently made headlines of a possible ransomware attack and the company was demanded to pay $20 Million ransom from a cybercriminal gang in order to not leak stolen data.

It was reported by Bleeping Computer earlier this week that the car company suffered a major IT outage that affected all of their technology applications. A customer tweeted that they were told from a dealership that the outage is due to the ransomware attack.

The alleged ransomware group responsible for this attack was DoppelPaymer ransomware, a popular gang that steals unencrypted files before stealing the encrypted device. They also leak data on a site to further pressure the victim to pay the ransom. Below is a recent example of just that:

Source: Bleeping Computer

Kia Motors America released a statement with the following, “KMA is aware of IT outages involving internal, dealer and customer-facing systems, including UVO. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and are working to resolve the issue and restore normal business operations as quickly as possible.”

Make sure your organization is not the next victim of ransomware. New-school security awareness training can teach your users how to spot and report any suspicious activity.