Hackers carrying out a ransomware attack on CD Projekt Red have now sold the stolen source code at auction, including code for the Cyberpunk 2077 game.
Peter Groucutt, the Managing Director at Databarracks, explains what impact an attack of this type could have on the future of ransomware in general.
“Ransomware originally sought to simply paralyse a business. Victims with robust backups could refuse to pay the ransom and restore their data from backups.
“Double Extortion attacks combined encrypting data with exfiltrating data. Attackers threaten to leak that data if the ransom isn’t paid. Usually that data isn’t particularly valuable in and of itself but personal data breaches mean the victim falls-foul of its regulators. The introduction of The GDPR made this threat more powerful with increased fines.
“The difference between this attack and other Double Extortion attacks is the exfiltrated data was highly valuable IP. Even if you don’t pay up, criminals can still make a considerable amount of money by selling the IP. If these attacks prove successful, we may see a shift to targeting those organisations with the most valuable data”.
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