hometechnology NewsAfter Nvidia, Samsung under cyberattack; hackers target Galaxy devices' source code

After Nvidia, Samsung under cyberattack; hackers target Galaxy devices' source code

By CNBCTV18.com Mar 8, 2022 7:51:54 PM IST (Published)

This is the Lapsus$ group’s second attack on a large tech company in a short span of time, the first one being the Nvidia ransomware attack in late February. No personal data was stolen, Samsung has assured.

Samsung has become the latest tech giant to confirm that it was hit by hackers who have stolen almost 200 GBs of data from the South Korean giant. Samsung was hit by the Lapsus$ group, which has also claimed responsibility for the ransomware attack on Nvidia.

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The group has stated that it has gotten access to the source code for “applets installed in Samsung’s TrustZone environment,” stated TechCrunch. In addition to the source code, the group states that it has also gained access to confidential data from America-based chipmaker Qualcomm.


“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,” Samsung told Bloomberg.

“Currently, we do not anticipate any impact to our business or customers. We have implemented measures to prevent further such incidents and will continue to serve our customers without disruption,” the company added.

The company has not given any particulars about what data was stolen but has confirmed that the data was related to the source code of Galaxy devices. The company has also added that no personal information was stolen by the group.

“We were recently made aware that there was a security breach relating to certain internal company data. Immediately after discovering the incident, we strengthened our security system,” a Samsung spokesperson told CNBC.

“According to our initial analysis, the breach involves some source codes relating to the operation of Galaxy devices, but does not include the personal information of our consumers or employees.”

Recent attacks by Lapsus$ seem to highlight some underlying plan which targets big tech companies with two back-to-back attacks on Samsung on Nvidia, two of the biggest tech companies in the world. The group is thought to be from South America and/or Brazil due to their early string of attacks on Brazilian authorities.

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