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Royal hacker group threatens to leak JP Morgan, Nissan, and Honda data

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ByEsme Greene

Apr 28, 2023
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The Royal group has gotten its hands on more than 2 TB of Stanley Electric data.

The Royal hacker group has threatened to leak more than 2 TB of data from Japanese lighting equipment manufacturer Stanley Electric Co. Ltd. The Social Security numbers, passport information, medical information, and vaccination records of the company’s employees are among the data obtained by the hackers.

The attackers managed to get access to 2TB of Stanley Electric data containing information about the company’s employees and customers. According to the hackers, they have sensitive information about JP Morgan, Honda, and Nissan.

Large-scale ransomware attack

This Royal group’s attack came to light after cybersecurity researcher Dominic Alvieri posted a screenshot of the group’s message on his Twitter. It is currently unknown what the group is seeking, but given the contact form in the message, it suggests that Royal is trying to pressure Stanley Electric for ransom.

Royal has previously conducted a number of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure, education, and healthcare institutions in various countries. The hackers’ preferred method is phishing emails. Usually, Royal poses as a food company or subscription software vendor.

As a rule, hackers’ emails include a phone number. If the victim calls the number, the attackers persuade them to grant access to the computer using social engineering techniques. After that, Royal uses Cobalt Strike malware to gain a foothold in the system and steal credentials. Next, the hackers simply encrypt the data of all connected devices.

The attackers have been known to demand anywhere from $250,000 to more than $2,000,000 from victims during the negotiations. During the communication with the affected companies, Royal demonstrates the work of their decryptor and threatens to leak the data if the victim refuses to pay.

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