Sadly, the very same hackers that snuck into Nvidia’s network and walked away with over 1TB of sensitive data, have done the same with Samsung. The other day, the ransomware group by the name of “Lapsus$” found their way into Samsung’s network and walked away with nearly 200GB of information.
The data includes the source code behind the biometrics and security of Samsung Galaxy devices. Possibly a significant blow to the security of these devices that may result in some vulnerabilities being found and posted, including devices like the new Samsung Galaxy S22 series phones.
Thankfully, no personal (consumer or employee) information was a part of this breach and there shouldn’t be any immediate concern for consumers as the company will likely try to quickly patch any vulnerabilities found. If the date does get posted online, you will find security firms thumbing through the information just as much, looking for any zero-day vulnerabilities that they can report back to Samsung on before “the bad guys” start taking advantage of anything.
Really, in the end, this will likely just lead to more tools that consumers can download to unlock their devices and customize things to their liking. Something you don’t normally find so quickly with the newer devices. A leak like this could be quite valuable to the groups behind such software.
There is always a chance that security issues may arise from something like this, so it would be smart to stay on top of any updates that roll out from Samsung, in the meantime.