Coca Cola investigating possible data theft

Hackers may have struck at Coca Cola. The hacker group Stormous has reportedly stolen 161 GB of confidential data from the company’s servers. The soft drink manufacturer is currently investigating rumors about the possible data theft.

Coca Cola confirmed this in a statement to BleepingComputer.

Hackers demand 62,000 euros in Bitcoin

Through his own website on the dark web, Stormous says she has stolen 161 GB of data from Coca Cola. The hacker group says it will sell the data to the highest bidder. For the complete data set, the hackers want 1.65 Bitcoin, which at the current price represents a value of about 62,000 euros.

According to BleepingComputer, the hackers have already put some of the stolen information online. The tech site says it includes email correspondence, passwords, ZIP files containing financial transactions, compressed documents and other confidential data.

In a response, Coca Cola said it is aware of the rumours about the data theft. The soda maker neither confirms nor denies that the incident took place. To get to the bottom of the matter, the company is investigating the rumours together with enforcement authorities. The soft drink producer does not want to say more about the possible incident at the moment.

Visitors can choose victim

As mentioned, Stormous claims to have infiltrated Coca Cola’s servers and to have stolen the data. But who or what is Stormous? According to BleepingComputer, it is a relatively unknown hacker group that is working hard. Coca Cola is the first victim whose hackers disclose stolen data. Earlier, the attackers announced that they would crackdown on hackers who would carry out cyber attacks on Russia.

Why exactly Coca Cola was the target is a simple explanation. Last week, Stormous put a poll online asking who their next victim would be. Visitors could choose from five companies: Coca Cola, Mattel, Blackboard, Danaher and Geaviation. With an overwhelming majority of 72 per cent of the vote, the soft drink manufacturer emerged as the ‘winner’.

Epic Games slachtoffer Stormous

Coca Cola is not the first victim of Stormous. They say they have managed to loot 200 GB of data from the gaming platform Epic Games. In addition to confidential information about the company, the hackers also allegedly stole data from 33 million users of the Epic Store. Epic has not confirmed the theft to date.

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