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Ransomware group that claimed responsibility for cyber attack on Nvidia, in turn, was subjected to a retaliatory attack

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According to a Bloomberg report, graphics card maker Nvidia has been the victim of a ransomware attack in the past few days.

Nvidia released a public statement about the attack on Friday, acknowledging that it happened but not going into detail about the extent of the hack. Nvidia said in a statement, “We are still working on evaluating the nature and scope of the event and do not currently have additional information to share.”

A Bloomberg source at Nvidia described the hack as relatively minor and denied it had any connection to the recent political situation.

Reports from The Telegraph and sister site PC Gamer paint a more serious picture of the extent of the attack. Nvidia’s mail system and developer tools are allegedly down for several days, either directly due to an attack or as a defensive measure by Nvidia.

In addition to this story, HotHardware reports that a ransomware group called Lapsus claimed responsibility for the attack by releasing edited screenshots of directory listings and proprietary source code, which they threaten to release in full unless Nvidia pays.

Oddly enough, it appears that Lapsus itself has come under a ransomware attack, which the company describes as Nvidia’s retaliation. This seems out of character for a $600 billion corporation, but the growing risk of cybersecurity threats may encourage corporations to think outside the box when it comes to countermeasures. Expect further clarification from Nvidia on the attack and its aftermath in the coming days.

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