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Jensen hacks back: Nvidia allegedly attacks ransomware group that stole 1 TB of Team Green's confidential data

Team Green apparently managed to encrypt the hacked data in a reciprocal hack - but it was too late. (Image source: Nvidia/Unsplash - edited)
Team Green apparently managed to encrypt the hacked data in a reciprocal hack - but it was too late. (Image source: Nvidia/Unsplash - edited)
Nvidia has reportedly been the victim of a ransomware attack, with the hackers successfully making off with over 1 TB of sensitive date from Team Green’s servers. In a surprising twist of events, the graphics card company, headed by Jensen Huang, has allegedly attempted to hack the attackers back to encrypt the stolen data.

A recent report from The Telegraph has claimed that Nvidia recently suffered from a considerable cyber-attack, with hackers leaving part of Team Green’s business “completely compromised”. Further reports about the incident have revealed that a ransomware group called Lapsus$ admitted to having swiped over 1 TB of vital data from Nvidia, which included personal information about employees and even some details about RTX GPUs.

However, it appears the ransomware group has been attacked back by Nvidia, and the hackers took to airing their grievances publicly. The group published messages on its Telegram account, later shared by a threat analyst on Twitter, ironically calling out Nvidia as “criminals” and “scum” for attempting to install “ransomware” on the group’s machines. Lapsus$ further claims to have already backed up the stolen data elsewhere, making Nvidia’s successful encryption attempt a somewhat unrewarding exercise.

It has also been revealed that the group clearly isn’t on some sort of undisclosed moral crusade, as blackmail demands have emerged with Lapsus$ stating that it will not leak the company’s data as long as Nvidia pays a “fee”. The same group, which is supposedly based in South America, has been connected with other malicious hacks in the past, including one on a large Portuguese media conglomerate (Impresa) and one against the Parliament of Portugal.

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Nvidia hack. (Image source: @S0ufi4n3)
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Nvidia hack. (Image source: @S0ufi4n3)
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Nvidia hack. (Image source: @S0ufi4n3)
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Nvidia hack. (Image source: @darktracer_int)
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Nvidia hack. (Image source: @darktracer_int)
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VideoCardz (1/2) & The Telegraph (subscription) & CRN (1/2) & Portugal Resident (1/2)

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Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News - 2730 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-02-26 (Update: 2022-02-26)