A group of hackers that is believed to be operating out of Russia has claimed it has successfully breached Sony’s security systems and stole data belonging to its customers. The group is threatening to sell the stolen information to the highest bidder.
The alleged breach was first reported by Australian site Cyber Security Connect and although Sony has not confirmed the breach, it has said it is investigating the claims. ‘We are currently investigating the situation, and we have no further comment at this time,” Sony’s press release read.
Ransomed.vc claimed on both the clear and dark nets ‘We have successfully compromissed [sic] all of sony systems,’ , as reported by Cyber Security Connect. ‘We won’t ransom them! We will sell the data. Due to Sony not wanting to pay. DATA IS FOR SALE,’ the group Ransomed.vc said in a statement.
The Daily Mail reports the Cyber Security report says that Ransomed.vc has posted a power point presentation online showing how the hacking was done, including screenshots of a login page and screenshots of files. The Cyber Security report says that Ransomed.vc threatened to post the information online on September 28 if it is not paid. The warning also gives Sony contact details for the group saying it is in possession of 6,000 files, which is described as ‘small’ compared to ‘all of Sony’s systems.’
The Daily Mail adds that the stolen data is reported to be in Japanese, and “In a bizarre element to the alleged hack is that Ransomed.vc has said that if payment isn’t received, it will be obligated to report the breach to the European Union’s data privacy body.”
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Actor Robert De Niro got a taste of Hollywood’s own medicine when he was reportedly unable to deliver his planned Trump-bashing speech at an awards show. The “Killers of the Flower Moon” actor spoke at Monday’s Gotham Awards, but says when he took the stage he discovered that his anti-Trump remarks had been altered.
The actor said he had not been informed of the changes, which took out any mention of the former president. De Niro, who was on hand to present “Killers of the Flower Moon” with the Gotham Historical Icon and Creator Tribute, criticized the awards show and Apple. “I don’t feel like thanking them at all for what they did,” he said. “How dare they do that, actually.”
According to sources with knowledge of the show, a revised version of the speech was placed into the teleprompter less than ten minutes before the event started. Reportedly the speech was altered at the behest of Apple, the film’s producer.
The source says the company was responding to feedback from the filmmaking team that wanted the actor’s remarks to be centered on the movie. However, a source close to the film denied that there was any censorship involved and said that the incident was a miscommunication.
There had been multiple versions of De Niro’s speech and there was a desire to focus solely on the moviemakers and their artistry, according to the source. Apple and the filmmakers were unaware that De Niro hadn’t signed off on the final draft, the source maintained.
De Niro did however take the opportunity to criticize Trump regardless of the prompter; the actor read his remarks from his phone. “Lying has become just another tool in the charlatan’s arsenal,” De Niro said. “The former president lied to us more than 30,000 times during his four years in office. And he’s keeping up the pace in his current campaign of retribution. But with all his lies, he can’t hide his soul. He attacks the weak, destroys the gifts of nature and shows disrespect, for example, by using ‘Pocahontas’ as a slur” he stated.
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