Sony has launched an investigation after a ransomware group claimed to have breached the Japanese company’s systems.
Earlier this week, it was reported that ransomware group Ransomed.vc was threatening to sell a cache of data allegedly stolen from the Japanese company.
“We have successfully compromissed [sic] all of sony systems,” the group claimed on both the clear and dark nets. “We won’t ransom them! We will sell the data. Due to Sony not wanting to pay. DATA IS FOR SALE.”
In response to these claims, Sony told IGN: “We are currently investigating the situation, and we have no further comment at this time.”
While Ransomed.vc’s claims remain unverified, Cyber Security Connect reports that the relative ransomware newcomer “has racked up an impressive amount of victims” since bursting onto the scene last month.
It also says the group has posted some proof-of-hack data, including what appear to be screenshots of an internal Sony log-in page, an internal PowerPoint presentation, several Java files, and a file tree of the leak which seemingly includes some 6,000 files.
Ransomed.vc also listed a “post date” of September 28, which is presumably when it will publish the data wholesale if nobody purchases it.
In 2011, Sony’s PlayStation Network suffered a massive breach that resulted in the personal details of approximately 77 million accounts being compromised and the service being taken offline for 23 days.