Hackers leak 190GB of data collected in alleged Samsung breach


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Samsung has reportedly had a major security breach, with hackers claiming to have leaked about 190 gigabytes of data, including source code and biometric unlocking algorithms.

On Friday, the hacking group Lapsus$ released a treasure trove of confidential data of 190 gigabytes that it claims has seized from Samsung Electronics. If genuine, the leak could be a major security issue for the Apple rival.

The data breach was originally teased by the group Friday as a snapshot of C/C++ guidelines in Samsung software, Bleeping Computer reports. The group then expanded the description of the leak, saying it contained “confidential Samsung source code.”

The code in question would contain the source for every Trusted Applet in Samsung’s TrustZone environment, which handles sensitive tasks such as hardware cryptography and access control. It also apparently includes biometric unlocking algorithms, the bootloader source for recent devices, the activation server source code, and the full source code used to verify and authorize Samsung accounts.

It is also believed to contain confidential source code originally from Qualcomm.

Although the group distributed the data breach via torrents, it is not known how much more data the group had requested. It’s also unclear whether the hackers attempted to get a ransom from Samsung, though it claimed to be demanding one from Nvidia over a recent breach.

Samsung officials told the Korea Herald that the company is assessing the situation.

The possible hacking incident is the latest of a number of recent issues for Samsung.

On February 28, it was reported that the company shipped at least 100 million Android smartphones with a security flaw. The issue, related to how cryptographic keys are stored in the TrustZone, could allow attackers to extract sensitive data from affected devices.

Samsung is also dealing with a throttling scandal, with software limiting the performance of more than 10,000 apps, but no benchmarking tools. Samsung says it is working on an update to eliminate complaints.

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