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Gamers, gear up for an epic plot twist! The “hack” on Epic Games? More like an epic fail! Turns out, the ransomware rogues demanding $15K were just pulling a fast one. Spoiler alert: they didn’t have the data. Epic’s response? Game on, we’re investigating. In the world of cyber shenanigans, this crew leveled up in comedy, not crime.

Hot Take:

Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts because the high-stakes drama of cybersecurity just took a nosedive into the land of make-believe. Our latest episode features the mischievous Mogilevich group, who fancies themselves the Houdinis of cyber scams, attempting to shake down Epic Games with the cyber equivalent of a whoopee cushion. Spoiler alert: they had as much incriminating data as my fridge has diet food – that is, none at all. But hey, in a world where ‘fake it till you make it’ is the new black, these con artists just wanted to add a little flair to their non-existent hacking careers.

Key Points:

  • The so-called “hack” of Epic Games by ransomware group Mogilevich was as real as a unicorn at a tech conference.
  • Mogilevich’s ransom note might as well have been written on a napkin, demanding a laughable $15,000 for data they never had.
  • Epic Games treated the threat like spam mail, not even giving it the time of day until they heard through the grapevine (a.k.a. a tweet).
  • A spokesperson from Mogilevich admitted they couldn’t hack a loaf of bread, let alone a tech giant, and prided themselves on being “criminal geniuses.”
  • Despite the bogus claim, hacks in the gaming industry are no joke, with real heists hitting Insomniac Games and Rockstar, plus the 2020 Capcom breach.

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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

Imagine a robber leaving a note for a heist they never pulled off and then holding a press conference to discuss their non-crime. That's the level of audacity we're dealing with here. Mogilevich, named perhaps after a Russian mobster for extra street cred, tried to bluff their way into a quick payday from Epic Games. They claimed to have snatched 200GB of data, which is about as credible as me claiming to have won an Olympic gold medal... in my dreams.

The Art of Ignoring

Epic Games, on the other hand, didn't even flinch. In the world of cyber threats, their non-reaction is the digital equivalent of "new phone, who dis?" When Mogilevich demanded ransom, Epic Games basically did the virtual version of crumpling the note and aiming for the trash can. Turns out, Epic found out about the ransom not from the "hackers" themselves, but from a tweet – because in 2023, even your threats need to go viral to get noticed.

Confessions of a Non-Hacker

And then, in a twist worthy of a daytime soap opera, a supposed spokesperson for Mogilevich did the digital walk of shame, admitting they're about as much hackers as I am a unicorn whisperer. They claimed their real talent lies in scamming, not hacking. It's like a pickpocket confessing they can't actually pick pockets but are really good at playing Three-card Monte. Cyber Daily and GamesBeat both give this confession the side-eye, suggesting that Mogilevich might be embellishing their scam artist resume.

But Seriously, Hacking is No Joke

While this story might tickle your funny bone, it's important to remember that hacking is a serious issue in the gaming world. Unlike our bumbling Mogilevich, there are actual cybercriminals out there who are causing real damage. The gaming industry has seen its fair share of drama with successful hacks, like the ones at Insomniac Games and Rockstar, where confidential and unreleased materials were leaked. Not to mention the 2020 Capcom breach, which ended with Europol cuffing the culprits. Those incidents remind us that while Mogilevich's antics are laughable, the threat of cybercrime is no laughing matter.

Tags: Data Extortion, Epic Games false hack, Europol arrests, fraudulent claims, gaming industry security, Mogilevich group, ransomware scam