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If anyone’s got secrets to hide it’s Sony (pic: Sony)

Sony has become the latest video game publisher to suffer a major ransomware attack, with the hackers already claiming the data is for sale.

It appears Sony Group has suffered a major hacking attack and yet the group has already given up expecting any money from them.

‘We have successfully compromissed all of sony systems. We wont ransom them! we will sell the data. due to sony not wanting to pay. DATA IS FOR SALE [sic],’ reads a message from the group. ‘WE ARE SELLING IT.’

There’s no indication of what data they claim to have but previous hacking incidents saw the entirety of Capcom’s future plans leaked online and almost an hour of GTA 6 footage.

As with any of these groups, nothing they say should be taken at face value and there’s currently little evidence that the hack has actually happened.

The website Cyber Security Connect is unconvinced by the proof that has so far been offered, which only consists of a log-in page, some PowerPoint presentations, and some Java files.

It doesn’t seem very substantial, given how many secrets Sony must have, but if these files have anything as revelatory as the recent Xbox leaks (which were the result of a mistake at Microsoft, rather than hackers) it could still end up being very significant.

The group has implied that if no one agrees to buy the data by September 28 they will release it all on the dark net anyway. There’s no indication of how much they’re looking to get for the information.

Hackers have become a common problem for video game publishers in recent years and Sony will presumably have had contingencies in place for if something like this happens.

Tracking down the people responsible is likely to be difficult though, as most of the group operate out of Russia and Ukraine.

After almost a year of silence, in terms of new game announcements, it would certainly be peculiar if we only found out about new Sony games via a hack, but we’ll have to wait and see if things go that far.

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