Samsung Confirms Hackers Stole Source Code
Updated · Mar 08, 2022
The company says that a system breach led to the loss of some of its data but did not name the culprits.
Lapsus$ Strikes Again
On Monday, Samsung confirmed that it suffered a cyberattack but did not provide any additional information on the culprits. This comes after, over the weekend, a group of hackers claimed that it stole over 190 GB of the company’s source code.
“We were recently made aware that there was a security breach relating to certain internal company data,” Samsung said in an official statement. “Immediately after discovering the incident, we strengthed our security system.”
The South Korean electronics giant disclosed that the hack involved the source code of devices in its Galaxy line, which includes mobile phones and tablets.
“According to our initial analysis, the breach involves some source code relating to the operation of Galaxy devices but does not include the personal information of our consumers or employees.”
The company added that measures were put in place to “prevent further such incidents.”
Hacking group Lapsus$ claimed responsibility for the source code theft on its Telegram channel. Lapsus$ is the same group that exploited Nvidia and leaked a large tranche of its sensitive employee information. A post on the channel said that the exploited data also includes the source code for Knox – Samsung’s mobile security platform.
So far, it is not clear whether or not the group demanded a ransom from Samsung as it did from the chipmaker.
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