Bandai Namco, the Japanese publisher Behind Ace Fight, Dragon Ball Zand Dark Souls games, appears to be the latest major gaming company to suffer a major hack. BlackCat ransomware group added elden ring Verlag earlier this morning on its list of victims, although it is not yet clear how extensive the damage is or how much money the group is asking for.
“ALPHV ransomware group (aka BlackCat ransomware group) claims ransom of Bandai Namco”, vx-underground, a group that monitors malware source code on the internet, posted on Twitter on Monday. Attached was a screenshot of the ALPHV ransomware blog where the group is tracking their targets, with Bandai Namco listed under the “data soon” threat as of July 11th.
Bandai Namco did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Vx-Underground has before reported about other hacksincluding the notorious Lapsu $ one, before the companies have confirmed them themselves. Ransomware watch group DarkFeed also shared a screenshot of BlackCat’s alleged hack earlier today. Vx-Underground and DarkFeed also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
BlackCat, who were also believed to have been involved in the Colonial pipeline hack been last year Increase in ransomware attacksaccording to some computer security analysts as well as the FBI. Most recently, the hacks led to BlackCat put private employee data online when victims refuse to pay. In the past, the group has demanded millions, specifically school districts and other public entities in addition to for-profit corporations.
If legit, this would be just the latest in a long line of hacks at major gambling companies. Capcom was met at the end of 2020with several of his forthcoming unannounced releases such as dragon dogma 2 then leaking. A now-famous hack by graphics chip maker Nvidia resulted in tons of other major gaming projects being leaked how Kingdom Hearts 4. CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind it The witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077had employee data and the source code for one of his games stolen Early 2021. Even FIFA Publisher Electronic Arts was hit with the alleged perpetrators trying to find media Vice to blackmail the company on his behalf.
It’s unclear how much of the apparent surge in security breaches is due to new techniques being employed by hackers compared to the greater challenges organizations face working from home during the global pandemic. Capcom blamed part of its vulnerability on remote work. At the same time, the blockchain network hosts crypto gaming juggernauts Axe Infinity suffered one of the costliest hacks in history earlier this year, allegedly because an employee fell for it sophisticated phishing scheme.
Earlier this yearfor which Bandai Namco has taken over the servers Dark Souls I, IIand III offline after a dangerous RCE (Remote Code Execution) exploit was discovered.