Ransomware attack news headlines trending on Google

1.) Denso, a Japan-based automotive component manufacturer, has released a press statement that it is looking into an incident where hackers might have accessed sensitive info from its company servers.

Preliminary inquires made by the company based in Kariya say that a criminal group might have accessed classified information from its servers in Germany and are now threatening to release it on web, if their demand for ransom is denied.

Toyota that seeks a lot of components from Denso has announced that operations in some of its manufacturing units had to be paused because of component shortage, which is expected to be brought back to normalcy by this weekend.

In mid last year, the car manufacturer had to halt its production of cars because of silicon chip shortage and the before year, it had to stall its factory production due to Covid-19 pandemic related lockdown.

2.) According to a report released by Accenture’s Cyber Threat Intelligence (ACTI), a noted hacking group supporting Russian invasion on Ukraine is aiming at the critical infrastructure operating in the West with file encrypting malware.

The report reiterates the fact that firms operating in government, media, finance, insurance, utilities and resources sectors should brace for more cyber attacks.

Interestingly, the hacking group is reportedly ready to purchase stolen credentials related to large companies at an exuberant rate and is busy hunting for such sellers on the dark web.

3.) Third is the news related to NVIDIA company that was attacked by Lapsus$ ransomware group on February 23rd, 2022. As the gaming chip maker failed to pay the ransom, Lapsus$ group leaked 20GB of data on the dark web to claim their theft.

Also, the accessed data was available on a data leak tracking website Have I been Pwned as stolen info of about 71,000 NVIDIA employees and password hashes of their windows accounts were available for sale.

On an additional note, Lapsus$ also demanded removal of Lite Hash Rate feature from the Nvidia RTX 30-series graphic cards as it degrades the crypto mining performance. And if this is done, illegal digital coin mining firms can purchase all graphic processors available in the current market, leading to a chip shortage for genuine gaming enthusiasts.

In an official statement released from NVIDIA at the end of last week suggests that they were never attacked by a ransomware group and the claims made in the media by Lapsus$ ransomware group were false.

Conversely, the company admitted that a sophisticated attack stole some information from its servers, but did not affect the production of the company.

 

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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