Yesterday, we reported on claims from a ransomware group that was allegedly responsible for a massive data breach at Sony. The hacker group called Ransomed.vc is threatening to sell the confidental information on the dark web, though if no purchase is made by 28 September, it will apparently leak the data online to the public. Sony has now responded to these data breach claims and have launched an investigation into the matter.
Ransomed.vc is rumoured to have acquired around 6,000 files following the data breach, though the contents of these files are largely unknown at this point. According to Cyber Security Connect, it could be much more than 6,000 compromised files. In a statement provided to IGN, Sony simply stated that it was “currently investigating the situation, and we have no further comment at this time.”
Cyber Security Connect claimed that Ransomed.vc are planning on selling the data due to Sony refusing to cooperate with them. The report also apparently included proof of the breach such as an internal log-in page, Java files, a PowerPoint presentation and a file tree summarising the leak.
“We have successfully compromised [sic] all of sony systems,” said the ransomware group. “We won’t ransom them! We will sell the data. Due to Sony not wanting to pay. Data is for sale.”
The data still appears to be on sale by the hacker group so we’ll have to wait and see if the data breach proves to be legitimate either tomorrow or soon after, depending on Sony’s investigation and what it brings up. This isn’t the first time that Sony had highly confidential information hacked and leaked as back in 2011, the company took down the PSN for 23 days following a massive security breach that saw the private details of approximately 77 million accounts compromised.
We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.