Friday, June 14, 2024

Ubisoft Investigates Cyber Attack: Possible Data Exfiltration by Hackers

Ubisoft, the renowned video game developer behind iconic franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, narrowly escaped a potentially devastating data breach. 

On December 20th, an unidentified threat actor infiltrated their systems, gaining access for approximately 48 hours before Ubisoft’s eagle-eyed security team detected the anomaly and revoked access.

The precise nature of the attack remains shrouded in mystery. 

Details regarding the initial access vector, the attacker’s tools and techniques, and the specific vulnerabilities exploited are still under investigation. 

However, what is known is that the individual gained access to Ubisoft’s internal network and embarked on a brazen attempt to exfiltrate a staggering 900 gigabytes of data.

Malware collective vx-underground shared screenshots provided by hackers of Microsoft Teams accounts and other access points to Ubisoft.

The news was posted on the @vxunderground Twitter page.
The news was posted on the @vxunderground Twitter page.

Detection and Response

While the exact size and nature of the targeted data remain undisclosed, the sheer volume – roughly equivalent to the storage capacity of 1800 standard DVDs – suggests the attacker sought to acquire a substantial trove of sensitive information. 

This could potentially include source code, game assets, player data, or even internal company documents.

Fortunately, Ubisoft’s security team swiftly identified the suspicious activity, acting commendably and decisively. Within 48 hours of the initial infiltration, they managed to sever the attacker’s access and prevent data exfiltration. 

This swift response undoubtedly saved the company from a potential public relations nightmare and potentially devastating financial losses.

Aftermath and Unanswered Questions

While the immediate threat has been neutralized, the incident leaves a lingering shadow of uncertainty. 

Ubisoft is currently conducting a thorough investigation to uncover the full scope of the attack, identify the vulnerabilities exploited, and implement additional security measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The gaming community awaits further details with bated breath. 

Speculation swirls regarding the attacker’s motives, the specific data targeted, and the potential consequences had the exfiltration been successful. 

Ubisoft has assured players that no personal information was compromised.


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