Security Newsletter
21 Mar 2022
Microsoft Investigating Claim of Breach by Extortion Gang
Microsoft is investigating claims that an extortion-focused hacking group that previously compromised massive companies such as Ubisoft and Nvidia has gained access to internal Microsoft systems, according to a statement from the company.
The hacking group, which goes by the self-designated name LAPSUS$, has successfully breached a wave of corporations recently. LAPSUS$ sometimes makes unusual ransom demands of its victims, including asking Nvidia to unlock aspects of its graphics cards to make them more suitable for mining cryptocurrency. The group has so far not made any public demands against Microsoft.
On Sunday, a Microsoft spokesperson told Motherboard in an email that “We are aware of the claims and are investigating.”
Read More on Vice
The Big, Baffling Crypto Dreams of a $180 Million Ransomware Gang
Not satisfied with extorting $180 million from companies last year, the Conti ransomware gang is investing its coerced cash in new moneymaking schemes. Since last summer, according to leaked details from the group, the Russia-linked cybercrime organization has been quietly developing its own social network and blockchain-based cryptocurrency platform. Its leader even suggested opening an online casino.
Conti’s unconventional expansion plans were revealed in 60,000 of the group’s chat messages and files, which were published by a Ukrainian cybersecurity researcher who infiltrated the group.
While many of the leaked chat messages detail the daily workings of the notorious ransomware group, they also show how it’s planning to expand beyond corporate extortion.
Read More on Wired
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