Bandai Namco Confirms Hack and Data Could Be Leaked

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Bandai Namco, the Japanese video game publisher of many popular games such as Elden Ring, Dark Souls, Pac-Man, Tekken and more, confirmed on Wednesday that they had suffered a cyberattack earlier this month and warned that some confidential data of their customers may be possible. stolen.

The confirmation of the breach by Bandai Namco comes after the ransomware group ALPHV, also known as BlackCat, suggested it was about to leak information stolen from the Japanese video game company.

According to Bandai Namco, on July 3, 2022, they noticed unauthorized access within the company’s internal systems for offices in Asian regions, excluding Japan. In response to the unauthorized access, the company blocked access to the affected servers to prevent further damage.

The company said in a statement that “there is a possibility that customer information related to the toy and hobby business in Asian regions (excluding Japan) has been incorporated into its servers and PCs, and we are currently in the process of identifying status about it.” existence of leakage, scope of damage and investigating the cause.”

It further added: “We will continue to investigate the cause of this incident and will release the investigation results as appropriate.”

The ALPHV ransomware group has threatened to release the stolen data “soon”, but did not give an exact deadline. The Japanese video game publisher has declined to say whether a ransom has been demanded or whether the hackers have been contacted.

It simply said: “We will also work with outside organizations to strengthen security throughout the Group and take steps to prevent a recurrence. We sincerely apologize to all involved for any complications or concerns caused by this incident.”

Bandai Namco did not provide other details about the cyber attack, such as the type of cyber attack or how hackers gained access to its internal systems. Also, ALPHV has not yet released any of Bandai Namco’s allegedly stolen data on the group’s dark website.

With Bandai Namco releasing a public statement, it’s only a matter of time before the company’s data is leaked unless Bandai agrees to the hackers’ demand for ransomware.

The ALPHV ransomware group, which emerged on the scene last year, is considered one of the largest ransomware threats targeting the enterprise. As of March 2022, the group has penetrated at least 60 organizations around the world by stealing valuable data, according to the FBI.

“BlackCat-affiliated threat actors typically demand ransoms of several million dollars in Bitcoin and Monero, but have accepted ransoms lower than the original ransom demanded,” the agency added.

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