Last Wednesday (28), the Mogilevich group, a ramsoware gang that has been active for a short time, claimed that they had invaded Epic Games’ servers, although they had no concrete evidence of the action at the time. The “hostages” of what happened were about 200 GB of sensitive data, such as passwords, personal information and source codes of some games.

The group said it would sell the data this Monday (4) if the North American giant does not pay the ransom of an undisclosed value. In a later note VGCEpic Games stated that after its investigation into what happened, it could not find “any evidence that these claims are legitimate.”

Mogilevich’s spokesman Pongo has now sent a statement. SiberDaily, admitted that the group did not hack Epic Games, but that they were trying to carry out a different type of fraud. Instead of selling the platform’s internal data, they intended to sell their fake ransomware infrastructure to other hackers.

“Now the question is: Why confess to all this when we can escape?” Pongo asked SiberDaily. “This was done to demonstrate the process of our fraud. We consider ourselves criminal masterminds, not hackers, if you can call us that.”

Of course, this statement by Mogilevich may also be wrong, because it was not yet clear what the group wanted to achieve with the action. But, the truth is that Epic Games data remains protected for now.

Ransomware attacks are quite common in the gaming industry

Ransomware attacks are serious and can affect companies in different industries, including video games. Fortunately, there was nothing alarming in this particular case from Epic Games; but the outcome could (and still can) be very different.

In December 2023, Insomniac Games suffered a very serious ransomware attack.

If you don’t remember, we had an event at Insomniac Games in December last year. Marvel’s Spider-Manfrom franchise Ratchet and Clank and many other properties suffered a ransomware attack that compromised approximately 1.6TB of company files.

At the time, various images, videos and a supposedly playable structure Marvel’s Wolverine on PlayStation 5. Plus sneak peeks from new Insomniac Games games like: Marvel’s Spider-Man 3three titles in the franchise X Men and new Ratchet and ClankIt was also opened to the public.

Source: Tec Mundo

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