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Acer Confirms Breach After Hacker Offers to Sell Stolen Data

Acer said one of its document servers was hacked after a hacker claimed to have stolen 160 Gb of data from the company.

Acer confirms data breach

Electronics giant Acer has confirmed getting hacked after a hacker offered to sell 160 Gb of files allegedly stolen from the company’s systems.

“We have recently detected an incident of unauthorized access to one of our document servers for repair technicians. While our investigation is ongoing, there is currently no indication that any consumer data was stored on that server,” Acer told SecurityWeek in an emailed statement.

Acer issued the statement after a hacker announced on a popular cybercrime forum that he is selling more than 2,800 files totaling 160 Gb for an unspecified amount of Monero cryptocurrency.

The cybercriminal claims the files include confidential slides, staff manuals, confidential product documentation, binary files, information on backend infrastructure, disk images, replacement digital product keys, and BIOS-related information.

The hacker, who has a good reputation on the forum where the data was offered for sale, claimed the data was stolen in mid-February.

This is not the first time Acer has confirmed a data breach. In October 2021, the tech giant admitted that servers in India and Taiwan were hacked after a group claimed to have stolen more than 60 Gb of data from the company’s systems. 

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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