A group claims to have stolen all the data from Sony’s systems and is planning to sell it on the dark web. The group is called Ransomed VC and appears to be a newcomer to such incidents.
According to a report, this group has already carried out several attacks recently, and Sony is just one of its latest targets.
Why it matters: Sony previously went through a similar attack in 2011. This hack became infamous for the PlayStation Network, as it led to the data of around 77 million users being compromised.
As reported by Cyber Security Connect, Ransomed VC has made the bold claim to have all of Sony’s data. The hacking group appears to be asking for a sum of money, threatening to sell the data online if Sony fails to comply.
Ransomed VC stated:
“We have successfully compromised [sic] all of Sony systems. We won’t ransom them! We will sell the data due to Sony not wanting to pay.”
The hackers have provided proof of their claims, including screenshots of an internal PowerPoint presentation log-in page and some Java files. Additionally, the group appears to be in possession of a file tree with around 6000 files.
However, the report believes that this likely means the group does not have all of Sony’s files, as it claims.
The group has not mentioned the price for the leaks, but they have given their telegram channel and email for contact, claiming to sell the data if nobody from Sony approaches by 28 September.
Sony has yet to confirm a data breach, so it remains to be seen if this group poses a legitimate threat to the gaming giant, but this could have devastating implications for the company.
Last year, Rockstar Games suffered a hack, which led to several files from GTA 6 appearing all over the internet. However, the studio was quick to deal with the threat and released an official statement soon after the incident.
If the group’s claims have any validity, Sony is expected to do the same. The gaming giant has already gone through a prominent security breach in 2011, so it is likely better prepared for such a scenario this time.
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