Graphics card maker Nvidia has reportedly been the victim of a ransomware attack over the past few days Bloomberg.
Nvidia released a public statement about the attack on Friday, acknowledging it happened, but not detailing the extent of the hack. “We are still working to assess the nature and scope of the incident and do not have any additional information to share at this time,” Nvidia’s statement clarified.
Bloomberg’s sources at Nvidia described the hack as relatively minor and denied it had any connection to the recent war between Russia and Ukraine. There are fears that Russia will resort to cyber warfare measures against Western countries in retaliation for sanctions against Russia and aid on behalf of Ukraine.
reported from The Telegraph and PC Gamer’s sister site, Tom’s Hardware, does paint a more serious picture of the attack range. Nvidia’s email system and developer tools were said to have been down for several days, either as a direct attack or as a defense against Nvidia.
In a further wrinkle in the story, hot hardware A ransomware group called “Lapsus” claimed responsibility for the attack and posted a directory listing and redacted screenshots of proprietary source code, which they threatened to release if Nvidia didn’t pay, the report said.
Curiously, Lapsus appears to have suffered its own ransomware attack, which it describes as revenge from Nvidia. That may seem out of place for a $600 billion company, but the growing risk of cybersecurity threats could encourage companies to think outside the box when it comes to their responses. Nvidia is expected to provide further clarification on the attack and its consequences in the coming days.