Ransomware Group Leaks Sony Video Game Plans

Penka Hristovska
Penka Hristovska Senior Editor
Penka Hristovska Penka Hristovska Senior Editor

Hackers from the Rhysida ransomware gang have published a trove of internal documents they stole from Sony Corp. division Insomniac Games.

The group leaked 1.67 terabytes or more than 1.3 million files belonging to Insomniac Games on its leak site on Tuesday after the Marvel’s Spider-Man series maker refused to pay the $2 million ransom.

This makes it the biggest hack in the gaming industry since a different group of hackers released early footage of Take-Two Interactive Software’s “Grand Theft Auto VI” in 2022.

The leaked documents showed information on budgets, game roadmaps, and screenshots that reveal details about Sony’s upcoming Wolverine game, which is expected to be released in 2026.

They also show plans about a third Spider-Man game focused on Venom, as well as ventures into X-Men-themed titles, and a new installment in the popular Ratchet & Clank series that’s scheduled to be released in 2029.

Among the revealed documents are copies of passport information on some employees, details about Insomnia’s royalty bonus plans, and even internal Slack messenger between game developers. Additionally, the hackers appear to have grabbed non-disclosure agreements between Insomniac Games and other companies, including Marvel, Activision, NBCUniversal, and Apple.

Insomniac Games has yet to confirm the authenticity of these documents, and there’s a possibility that the information they contain may be out of date or misrepresented. Initial reports of the ransomware attack emerged last week. The ransomware group demanded Insomniac pay the ransom within six days to prevent the leak.

At the time, a representative from Insomniac Games said the company was actively looking into the allegations and noted that based on the information they had at the moment, there was no indication that any other Sony Interactive Entertainment or Sony Corporation sectors were affected by the cybersecurity incident.

About the Author
Penka Hristovska
Penka Hristovska
Senior Editor

About the Author

Penka Hristovska is an editor at SafetyDetectives. She was an editor at several review sites that covered all things technology — including VPNs and password managers — and had previously written on various topics, from online security and gaming to computer hardware. She’s highly interested in the latest developments in the cybersecurity space and enjoys learning about new trends in the tech sector. When she’s not in “research mode,” she’s probably re-watching Lord of The Rings or playing DOTA 2 with her friends.

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