Entertainment giant Sony has launched an internal investigation after Ransomed.vc, a new ransomware group, claims to have hacked all of their systems.
“We have successfully compromissed [sic] all of sony systems. We wont ransom them! we will sell the data. due to sony not wanting to pay. DATA IS FOR SALE,” the group said on its dark web site and regular site, which is now no longer accessible.
The group listed a ‘post date’ of September 28, after which if the data is not purchased, it will be published for wholesale on the dark web.
To prove their assertions, the group has released screenshots of an internal login page, several Java files, and a file tree, containing about 6,000 stolen user files. Cyber Security Connect suspects the validity and exaggeration of a hack on ‘all Sony systems’, as 6,000 files are small in the scheme of its large-scale operation. Despite this data, the claims still remain unverified.
“If the claims are accurate, it is essential Sony takes remediation action immediately. This includes running forensics to understand what data has been stolen and then working to reduce its value by updating systems,” Mike Newman, CEO of cybersecurity company My1Login states.
In a statement addressed to IGN, Sony says, “We are currently investigating the situation, and we have no further comment at this time.”