If you’re a gamer and you’ve been around for a while, you probably remember the major Sony hack in 2011. It was a massive security breach of the PlayStation Network that compromised the data of 77 million accounts (including the person writing these lines) and left PlayStation 3 players completely offline for several weeks.
The incident was of such magnitude that Sony ended up giving games to the affected users (which allowed me to try the wonderful inFamous), and even had to testify before the United States Congress. A massive hacking case that, given its severity, would be difficult to replicate today after the security measures adopted by the company… wouldn’t it?
Well, if there’s one thing that history likes to do, it’s repeating itself over and over again, dear gamers. According to the cybersecurity portal Cyber Security Connect, the parent company of PlayStation has reportedly suffered a significant ransomware attack that compromised a total of 6000 confidential files at Sony.
The hacking group responsible for this cyberattack is called Ransomed.vc, and they claim to have accessed Sony’s systems and obtained all sorts of files, including an internal PowerPoint presentation detailing the operation of their test bank.
“We have managed to compromise all of Sony’s systems,” says Ransomed.vc. “We won’t ask for a ransom! We will sell the data. Because Sony doesn’t want to pay. THE DATA IS FOR SALE. WE ARE SELLING IT.”
According to the information published, the group has not yet indicated the price for these 6000 files (most of them in Japanese). However, they have provided contact information for Sony to supposedly pay for them (even though they theoretically “aren’t asking for a ransom”). The deadline set by the group is this Thursday, September 28, on which they could potentially release all the stolen content from Sony on the internet.