NVIDIA and Samsung have reportedly been hacked by the same extortion group.
After recent reports of NVIDIA suffering a massive data breach last week, it appears the same hacker group has now targeted Samsung.
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According to Bleeping Computer, the hacking group called “Lapsus$” that first came after NVIDIA has now comprised Samsung and is starting to release confidential information.
The social media post below further explains the initial situation with the NVIDIA hacking:
LAPSUS$ just asked NVIDIA to “COMPLETELY OPEN-SOURCE (and distribute under a foss license) their GPU drivers for Windows, macOS and Linux” until Friday.
— Sergiu Gatlan (@serghei) March 1, 2022
It appears Samsung is now in the crosshairs of Lapsus$ as the hacking group started to tease a Samsung data leak last week based on an image with C/C++ directives in Samsung software.
Image Source: Bleeping Computer
The hacker group has claimed to obtain over 190GB of files, including the source code for “every Trusted Applet (TA) installed in Samsung’s TrustZone environment used for sensitive operations.”
The group has also allegedly stolen biometric tech algorithms from Samsung. This includes data for facial recognition technology and fingerprint information.
Even worse, Lapsus$ has illegally obtained the “bootloader source code” for all recent Samsung devices. This is the technology that’s used for authorizing and authenticating Samsung accounts.
This may mean that any users of Samsung products may want to change their accounts before they are put in potential harm.
Overall, it’s unclear how the Lapsus$ hacking group plans to use this information from both NVIDIA and Samsung.
Either way, cyberattacks from unknown hacker groups are typically not promising when it comes to user data privacy.
This isn’t the last story we will see on hackings, data breaches, etc.
How Can Users Protect Themselves?
While it’s almost impossible for the average Internet user to protect themselves from massive cyberattacks like these, there are some steps that can be taken to better protect ourselves online.
This includes anonymous email addresses, watching out for phishing scams, password managers, using two-factor authentication, backing up data, avoiding unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, and running a VPN on internet-connected devices.
What do you think of these latest data breaches by the Lapsus$ hacker group? Are more on the way?
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