Samsung Electronics Co. announced that it has experienced a cybersecurity breach that exposed confidential business data, including source code for the functioning of its Galaxy smartphones.
After reports over the weekend that LAPSUS$, a hacker gang that stole secret information from Nvidia Corp.’s networks, had gotten access to Samsung data, the company issued a response. The assailants who broke into the Korean electronics giant’s computers were not identified. A spokesman claimed via text message that measures have been put in place to avoid further breaches, and that customers’ personal data has not been impacted.
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Samsung stated, “There was a security violation involving certain internal corporate data.” “According to our preliminary investigation, the leak involves certain source code related to the operation of Galaxy devices, but not personal information about our customers or staff.” We do not expect any impact on our business or customers at this time. We’ve put in place safeguards to prevent future mishaps, and we’ll keep serving our clients as usual.”
Late Friday, the LAPSUS$ hackers uploaded a 190GB torrent file to their Telegram channel, saying it included proprietary Samsung source code that exposed the company’s security measures. Algorithms for Samsung smartphone biometric authentication and bootloader source code to bypass some operating system protections were among the things listed.