Samsung confirmed today that some of its data were stolen as part of a cyber attack that was first reported over the weekend. In a statement to Bloomberg, the Korean electronics giant revealed that the security breach stole “some source code related to the operation of Galaxy devices”, but that did not affect the credentials of customers and employees.
Although Samsung has not revealed the actors behind the compromise, the South American hacker group Lapsus $ has taken responsibility. The organization has shared a 190 GB torrent file that reportedly includes source code for all the latest Samsung devices, as well as code related to biometric authentication and encryption on the device for Galaxy phones and tablets. The attackers may also have gained access to confidential information regarding Qualcomm.
The information comes less than a week after the same group said it had obtained about 1TB of data, including schematics and source code, from chipmaking giant NVIDIA. The company said it learned of the attack on February 23, after which Lapsus $ demanded a ransom paid in cryptocurrency to prevent NVIDIA’s files from becoming public. When NVIDIA did not respond, the source code for the company’s DLSS technology and information regarding as many as six unannounced graphics cards were shared online.
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“Currently, we do not expect any impact on our business or clients. “We have implemented measures to prevent further such incidents and will continue to provide services to our customers without interference,” Samsung later confirmed in a statement.
It is not known whether Lapsus $ issued the same requests to Samsung for cryptocurrency payments as they did with Nvidia.