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Insomniac Games victim of ransomware hack

Update: Studio issues response and says that it is still determining what data was impacted by the breach

Original Story, Tuesday, December 19: A ransomware group has published 1.67 TB of content from Insomniac Games following a breach last week.

As Cyber Daily reports, the Rhysida ransomware group stole data from the PlayStation studio on December 12.

It put the data on auction for 50 bitcoins (roughly $2 million) with a week's deadline before releasing 1.67 TB of stolen internal data earlier today.

Some of the data was sold to an unknown bidder, according to Cyber Daily.

The 1.3 million files included Insomniac's release schedule up until 2035, details of unannounced games, and personal employee details.

It also featured a massive amount of information on its upcoming Wolverine title, including gameplay footage, level design, its plot and ending, and its characters and cast.

The breach revealed that Sony has reportedly signed an exclusivity deal on X-Men games with Marvel up until December 2035, IGN reports.

According to Polygon, documents relating to unannounced projects by other PlayStation studios such as Guerrilla Games and Bluepoint Games were also included in the leaked data.

GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Sony for comment.

Earlier this year, hacker group Ransonware.vc took credit for an alleged attack breaching Sony's systems and leaking 6,000 files.

In October, the personal information of nearly 6,800 current and former Sony employees was breached by ransomware group Clop.

Update, Friday, December 22: Insomniac has issued an official response regarding the data breach on social media.

The game developer said, "We're both saddened and angered about the recent criminal cyberattack on our studio and the emotional toll it's taken on our dev team. We have focused inwardly for the last several days to support each other.

"We are aware that the stolen data includes personal information belonging to our employees, former employees, and independent contractors. It also includes early development details about Marvel's Wolverine for PlayStation 5. We continue working to determine what data was impacted."

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Sophie McEvoy: Sophie McEvoy is a Staff Writer at GamesIndustry.biz. She is based in Hampshire and has been a gaming & entertainment journalist since 2018.
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