In a statement on their website on the darknet, those behind Ransomedvc claim to have successfully attacked Sony’s IT systems and withdrawn data. Now they are demanding a ransom and threatening to leak the data.
In their statement, the cybercriminals describe themselves as pentesters who want to be paid to break into IT systems. Furthermore, they claim that their actions are carried out in strict compliance with data protection laws. They also want to report the victim to the European data protection authority General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the context of a violation of data protection law. Of course, this is all nonsense and the criminals only care about money.
They claim to have compromised Sony’s entire systems. If Sony doesn’t pay, they want to sell the stolen data. As proof, they make a small part of the loot available for download on their website. This should include, among other things, screenshots of internal log-in pages and PowerPoint presentations. Confirmation of the authenticity of the data is still pending. Sony has not yet commented on the case.
Among others, security researcher Troy Hunt, operator of the website Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), shared the statement on X. On HIBP you can check whether your email address or password has already appeared in data leaks.
Not the first hack
Sony has often been the victim of IT attacks, which have, among other things, resulted in unauthorized access to customer data: in 2014, attackers were able to copy countless data from Sony Pictures. In 2011, customer data was withdrawn from Playstation Network.
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