The fairly young group RansomHouse claims to have stolen around 56 GB of data from AMD in a large-scale ransomware attack. The attack is said to have been carried out as early as the beginning of January 2022.
RansomHouse steals nearly 56 GB of data from AMD
Such a ransomware attack can happen quickly. Often, manipulated links or documents are enough for attackers to gain access to systems. Even large corporations are not immune to this, as the new example from AMD proves.
According to this, the fairly young group RansomHouse gained access to AMD’s internal systems and, according to their own statement, stole almost 56 GB of data (which, strangely enough, is stated by RansomHouse in 450 Gb, i.e. giggabits). The attack occurred back in early January 2022, according to the report by RestorePrivacy, which Twitter user Catalin Cimpanu additionally confirmed.
The group further states it does not use ransomware itself or breach systems, but rather works as a “professional mediator” between attackers and victims to ensure secure payment for stolen data.
On June 28, AMD issued a statement to RestorePrivacy. However, it simply said that it had heard reports of the data leak and was currently investigating the matter.
Were simple passwords the reason?
According to RansomHouse, access to AMD’s systems was very easy due to insecure passwords. According to the report, AMD’s networks were secured with “password”, for example – not necessarily the smartest solution for such a large technology giant.
RestorePrivacy is wetiterhin in contact with AMD and RansomeHouse and wants to inform about the further progress. Last year, at AMD partner Gigabyte, nearly 112 GB of data was stolen in a similar manner, including confidential information on Intel’s Ice Lake D and AMD’s Zen 4 CPUs.