TECH: Hackers have reportedly obtained 190GB of sensitive data from Samsung.

Some of Sam­sung’s con­fi­den­tial data has report­ed­ly been leaked due to an alleged cyber attack. On Fri­day, the South Amer­i­can hack­ing group Lap­sus$ down­loaded a trove of data that it claimed came from the smart­phone mak­er. Bleep­ing Com­put­er was among the first pub­li­ca­tions to report on the incident.

Among oth­er infor­ma­tion, the col­lec­tive claims to have obtained the source code for the boot­loader for all of Sam­sung’s recent devices, in addi­tion to code relat­ed to high­ly sen­si­tive fea­tures such as bio­met­ric authen­ti­ca­tion and encryp­tion on the device. The leak also report­ed­ly includes con­fi­den­tial data from Qual­comm. The entire data­base con­tains approx­i­mate­ly 190GB of data and is being active­ly shared in a tor­rent. If the con­tents of the leak are accu­rate, it could cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to Samsung.

Accord­ing to The Kore­an Her­ald, the com­pa­ny is assess­ing the sit­u­a­tion. We have con­tact­ed Sam­sung for comment.

If Lap­sus$ sounds famil­iar, this is the same group that claimed respon­si­bil­i­ty for the recent NVIDIA data breach. In that inci­dent, Lap­sus$ says it obtained about 1TB of con­fi­den­tial data from the GPU design­er, includ­ing, accord­ing to the group, schemat­ics and dri­ver source code.

The col­lec­tive has asked NVIDIA to open up its dri­vers and remove the cryp­tocur­ren­cy min­ing lim­iter from its RTX 30 series GPUs. It is not known what demands, if any, Lap­sus $ has made of Sam­sung. The group has pre­vi­ous­ly stat­ed that its actions were not polit­i­cal­ly motivated.

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