"All Sony systems" have reportedly been breached by ransomware group

"All Sony systems" have reportedly been breached by ransomware group
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


25th Sep 2023 16:13

Of all the headaches that many big tech companies would consider the worst of the bunch is a security breach. Internal data and personal information of customers alike can be exposed by hackers, leaving companies in danger of serious legal trouble. PlayStation has had its fair share of problems, most notably back in 2011 when the online systems of the console were completely bricked, leaving players with little to do as Sony tried to pick up the pieces.

And now, it looks like hackers are back on the ball - and as of right now, we don't entirely know what data they've pulled from Sony.

Sony's security has been breached

The icon for the PlayStation Store.
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A ransomware group called Ransomed.vc is claiming that it has successfully breached Sony Group, and it is now making threats to sell caches of data accrued from the company.

The report comes from Cyber Security Connect, and it suggests that the group have been cracking a lot of victims since it appeared online last month.

"We have successfully compromissed [sic] all of Sony systems," says the group. "We won’t ransom them! We will sell the data. Due to Sony not wanting to pay. DATA IS FOR SALE."

What does the ransomware group want with Sony's data?

Astro's Playroom, as part of the launch of the PlayStation 5.
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The team has also shared images of an internal log-in page by way of proof that they have access to the data. They have posted a file tree of the full leak too, containing less than 6,000 files - though we don't know exactly what data these files could hold.

There's no verification that this is real yet, but then again, PlayStation is bound to be scrambling right now if the ransomware group is to be believed.

Well, if we're getting hacked, maybe we can at least get another free copy of Infamous like we did back in 2011.

We have no idea yet what this means for customer data, and if our passwords are protected - but we will keep you updated as the story progresses.

This is a developing story which will continue to be updated...

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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