In a startling turn of events, the tech giant Sony has reportedly fallen victim to a cyber intrusion orchestrated by a newly emerged threat entity known as Ransomed.vc. The renowned Australian source for cybersecurity news, Cyber Security Connect, first reported this breach, which is said to have exposed a wealth of Sony’s confidential data.
This fledgling group, formed just last month, has seemingly breached Sony’s entire digital infrastructure. The breach is reported to have encompassed internal login screenshots, a confidential PowerPoint presentation, and an extensive trove of over 6,000 files, including Java and HTML data.
What sets Ransomed.vc apart is their unusual approach of not pursuing a ransom demand. Instead, they intend to monetize the pilfered information, a tactic apparently motivated by Sony’s reluctance to pay a ransom. The group has hinted at a “posting date” of September 28, suggesting their intention to publicly release the stolen data.
The distinctive aspect of Ransomed.vc lies in their hybrid operational model, functioning both as ransomware perpetrators and providers of ransomware-as-a-service. Their targets extend beyond industry leaders like Sony, as they claim to collaborate with the EU’s GDPR and other data privacy regulations to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in corporate systems.
Sony has not yet issued a public statement concerning the breach or confirmed the full extent of the attack’s repercussions. While the severity of this breach may not rival the notorious 2011 PlayStation Network hack, it raises significant concerns regarding data security. As the investigation unfolds, Sony’s customers remain hopeful that the company will swiftly fortify its security measures to safeguard critical information against future threats.