Insomniac's WOLVERINE Game Hacked And The Culprits Are Ransoming Game Leaks For An Absurd Amount Of Money

Insomniac's WOLVERINE Game Hacked And The Culprits Are Ransoming Game Leaks For An Absurd Amount Of Money Insomniac's WOLVERINE Game Hacked And The Culprits Are Ransoming Game Leaks For An Absurd Amount Of Money

A hacking group is said to have successfully hacked Insomniac's upcoming Marvel Wolverine video game, leaking screenshots and threatening to release other details.

By MarkJulian - Dec 13, 2023 08:12 AM EST
Filed Under: PlayStation
Source: Cyberydaily

As Insomniac continues to ride the high of Spider-Man 2, a hacking group is looking to bring the Sony subsidiary studio back down to earth.

A notorious ransomware group known as Rhysida has reportedly hacked the company and posted a series of screenshots from Insomniac's upcoming Wolverine game.

They're demanding that Insomniac give them 50 bitcoins (valued at roughly $2 million) for the return of the data. Rhysida has also reportedly gotten their hands on private info for Insomniac's staff, as well.

Screenshots of employee emails, passports, social security cards and birth certificates have been posted on Rhysida's website, including the information of Spider-Man 2 voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal.

"We are aware of reports that Insomniac Games has been the victim of a cyber security attack,” an SIE representative told Polygon when they asked for comment. “We are currently investigating this situation. We have no reason to believe that any other SIE or Sony divisions have been impacted.

Both the FBI and U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a warning in November about Rhysida, that the hacking group was a credible threat and should be taken seriously.

In a joint statement, the FBI and CISA wrote, "Observed as a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) model, Rhysida actors have compromised organizations in education, manufacturing, information technology, and government sectors and any ransom paid is split between the group and affiliates. Rhysida actors leverage external-facing remote services, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), Zerologon vulnerability (CVE-2020-1472), and phishing campaigns to gain initial access and persistence within a network."

Rhysida has given Insomniac 7 days to supply the requested funds of they'll leak all the documents they've stolen.

Rhysida, who is thought to operate out of Russia, was also behind November's cyber attack on the British Library which resulted in the personal information from the Library appearing online for sale.

More recently, a hacker leaked details for Grand Theft Auto VI online a year before the game's big unveil a few weeks ago. The hacker, 18-years-old, and a member of Lapsus$, a cyber-crime group was apprehended and sentenced to jail. However, he's already reportedly stated that upon his release, he'll return to hacking. 

Insomniac's Wolverine game has no confirmed release date but is expected to arrive in gamers hands between late-2024/early-2025.

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