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People seem to forget that Sony is more than just a video game company.

Picture a regular day at Sony – lines of code, new prototypes, all in a day’s work. Now, add a sudden claim of a full-scale security breach by a shadowy entity from the dark recesses of the internet, and the serenity shatters.

A fledgling outfit, Ransomed.vc, has boldly announced that they’ve compromised “all of Sony’s systems” and these are not empty boasts either.

The Australian cybersecurity publication, Cyber Security Connect, reports the theft of over 6,000 files, including Sony’s internal login page, an extensive PowerPoint presentation, Java files, and an expansive document tree of the entire leak.

While 6,000 files is a lot, it’s too small for a multimedia conglomerate like Sony.

Now, for the twist in this tale: Ransomed.vc is threatening to sell the data to the highest bidder, saying:

  • We won’t ransom them! We will sell the data. Due to Sony not wanting to pay. DATA IS FOR SALE. WE ARE SELLING IT.

Their statement dances between threat and declaration. Clearly, they’re making no bones about their intentions.

Sony’s silence regarding the threat suggests that it isn’t as serious as it’s making itself out to be.

But here’s where it gets intriguing. The stolen data includes a motley collection of items – from typical, mundane stuff to the more intriguing information such as screenshots, internal presentations, Java resources, even HTML data. While the bulk of these are admittedly in Japanese, they range from mundane to classified, with some analysts raising eyebrows at the “compromised” systems claim, suggesting that it would encompass more than just 6,000 files given Sony’s global footprint.

Many wonder, “Who are Ransomed.vc?” A recent entrant to the dark web, their origins trace back to just last month. In this short span, they’ve quickly made a mark, racking up a substantial list of victims, their notoriety accentuated by their alleged connections to earlier dark web forums. Unlike the run-of-the-mill hacking group, Ransomed.vc seems to be a ransomware operator and a ransomware-as-a-service organization. Talk about multitasking! The group touts itself as a “secure solution” for company vulnerabilities, even claiming compliance with the GDPR and other data privacy laws. The group’s modus operandi seems to hinge on leveraging these very laws to intimidate and subdue their victims – a finesse that’s as artful as it’s unsettling.

If nothing else, this is a slow Tuesday for Sony. A behemoth of Sony’s stature has weathered storms before. Flashback to 2011, and the PlayStation Network debacle comes to mind – 77 million registered accounts compromised. That security breach not only cost Sony financially but dented their reputation significantly, prompting them to face Congress and eventually offer compensations to assuage affected customers.

If nothing else, we’re only a few days away from finding out if the hack is legitimate or not.

When compared to the group is claiming, it’s understandable why Sony has yet to release an official statement. 

One can’t help but question the intentions and audacity of Ransomed.vc. Their blatant proclamations and intent to sell rather than ransom the data is both a challenge and a threat to corporations worldwide. While some point out a certain lack of consistency in their claims – stating that breaching “all of Sony’s systems” seems exaggerated considering the vast global infrastructure of the company – others remain wary, knowing full well the repercussions of underestimating a seemingly nascent threat.

As the clock ticks towards Ransomed.vc’s declared “post date” of September 28, the looming question remains: Will the data find a buyer or will it be posted for the world to see? With the group’s known operations primarily rooted in Russia and Ukraine, and Sony’s previous history with cyber-attacks, this digital chess game seems poised for a checkmate. Only time will reveal the victor.

Sony’s gaming arm is just a part of its overall multimedia business.

Speaking of Sony, the company’s industry-leading gaming arm, Sony Interactive Entertainment, made headlines after its CEO, Jim Ryan, made bold comparisons between Bungie and Activision Blizzard on top of promising a future for the console that will continue to see “beautiful narrative rich games.”

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