Insomniac: Videogame studio behind Spider-Man 2 hacked

Hackers demand $2m from Insomniac, developer behind PlayStation 5 superhero hit, to keep the stolen data private
Insomniac: Videogame studio behind Spider-Man 2 hacked

Insomniac, the videogame studio behind Spider-Man 2, was hacked by a group of hackers known as Rhysida in a ransomware attack last week.

Following the ransomware attack, fellow game developers in the industry, journalists and fans expressed dissent over the attack and urged people not to share any of the leaked data.

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Who hacked Insomniac?

Rhysida, the Ransomware group has claimed responsibility for the attack while admitting that they also hacked the British Library last month, according to BBC.

To keep stolen information private, the attackers last week demanded a ransom amount of $2m from Insomniac, owned by Sony, who developed the PlayStation 5 superhero hit.

Since then, details of future releases and work-in-progress footage showing the company's upcoming Wolverine game have appeared online.

Leaks seen by the BBC indicate that the publicised data also comprises private employee data and internal company emails.

Remedy Games, Alan Wake 2 developer, posted on X (formerly Twitter) to extend its sympathies to "all the affected team members."

"After all the effort and dedication they have poured into their games, they didn't deserve this. No-one does. The hackers also leaked employee's personal information, which is truly disgraceful and shameful," the tweet added.

The method of the attack involved injecting company's computer networks with malware to make its data inaccessible.

It's the latest leak from a high-profile games studio after details of Rockstar Games' upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6 appeared online last year.

When the case appeared in a UK court, it emerged that an 18-year-old member had released the clips while he was on bail in a Travelodge hotel.