Sony has had a few cyber security incidents over the years, with hackers shutting down access to services like PS+, leaking customer data and even obtaining sensitive internal emails. Sony may have found itself in this familiar situation once again, as a ransomware group is claiming to have hacked “all of Sony's systems”.
The ransomware group “RANSOMDVC” is claiming to have accessed Sony's systems. Apparently, Sony has already refused to pay the ransom, so the stolen data is now being put up for sale.
As reported by hackread, a look at the sample data provided to prove the claims as legitimate show a power point presentation from Sony's QA division, Java files and a few other images that appear to be screenshots of a Sony workstation.
Currently, Sony has not confirmed any security breach and the data obtained has not leaked to the wider web. With that in mind, it is important to note that this group's claims are currently unverified. However, this group has pulled off several attacks in the past, including a breach of the Hawaiian government website earlier this year.
If this has taken place, Sony will be consulting with the authorities and investigating the source of the breach and locking down its systems before offering up public confirmation. It is unclear if any Sony customer details were stolen as part of the leak.
KitGuru Says: Sony has been through this situation before and should have protocols in place for dealing with the situation. For now, we'll have to wait and see if this will have an impact on consumers who use Sony products or have active Sony service accounts.