California-based graphics processor maker Nvidia has confirmed that its networks were hacked. The company witnessed a cyber attack last week where hackers stole data from the company’s servers, including sensitive information and employee credentials. However, along with details about Nvidia, hackers have gained information about South Korean tech group Samsung.
On March 4, 2022, Lapsus$ Group allegedly leaked “a large collection of confidential data from Samsung Electronics”, as reported in a report by bleepingcomputer.com. The hacker group claims that it contains 190GB of data from Samsung which it stole while receiving 1TB of data from Nvidia’s servers. As noted in the report, the data held by Lapsus$ is detailed below.
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- Source code for each Trusted applet installed in the Samsung TrustZone environment used for sensitive operation.
- Algorithm for all biometric unlock operations.
- Confidential source code from Qualcomm.
- Source code for Samsung’s Activation Server.
- Full source code for the technology used to authorize and authenticate Samsung Accounts, including APIs and Services.
If the information given in the report is indeed correct, that is, if the hackers have this data, then it can cause great harm to Samsung. However, the sensitive nature of the information leaked by the hackers is not yet known. The hacker group leaked this information via torrent and said that it will deploy more servers, which will increase the download speed. The data appears to be in three parts – 69.95GB, 30.68GB and 89.59GB. These files contain information about security/defense/knox/bootloader and other items. Apart from this, it contains the source code about the encryption of many devices.
Who attacked Nvidia?
As mentioned earlier, a group has claimed responsibility for the cyber attack on Nvidia. The group named “Lapsus$” mentioned some details about the incident on their Telegram channel, according to which the group stole 1TB (1,000 GB) of information, including very sensitive data, from Nvidia’s servers. In addition, the group’s Telegram channel also mentioned that it stole the source code for the hash rate limiter used by Nvidia.
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