Egregor, a hacker group specializing in ransomware attacks, announced that it managed to steal valuable data from Ubisoft and Crytek. Some files were published as evidence.
Such groups most often infiltrate company networks and then encrypt their data, preventing the rightful owners from accessing them. All of this is done in order to extort a ransom in exchange for a code enabling the owners to unlock the files. Often such actions are detected before the encryption takes place, and then hackers threaten to release what they have managed to download unless the victim pays up.
Members of Egregor claim to have accessed the source code of Watch Dogs: Legion and will release it to the public if Ubisoft fails to meet their demands. In Crytek's case, the hackers released a number of documents about the studio's older projects.
So far, both companies have not commented on the situation. The editors of ZDNet have managed to contact the hackers who claim that in the case of Crytek they managed to encrypt the files on the studio's computers. The attack on Ubisoft, on the other hand, was only said to have stolen the data.
It is not known how Egregor managed to infiltrate company networks. However, over the last dozen or so months, digital security specialists informed Ubisoft that some of its employees had become targets of phishing. The publisher has not responded publicly to these reports, so it is not known what steps have been taken to deal with the threat.
Watch Dogs: Legion will debut on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and the Google Stadia streaming platform on October 29, this year. On November 10, the game will be released on Xbox Series X/S, and PS5.
- Watch Dogs: Legion - official website
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