Elden Ring Publisher Hacked, Claims Ransomware Group

Elden Ring Publisher Hacked, Claims Ransomware Group
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Elden Ring Publisher Hacked, Claims Ransomware Group

An Elden Ring warrior faces a dragon in the night.

Image: FromSoftware / Bandai Namco

Bandai Namco, the japanese publisher behind the fighter ace, Dragon Ball ZY Dark souls games, appears to be the latest major gaming company to come under a major attack. The BlackCat ransomware group added the elden ring editor to his hit list earlier today, though the extent of the damage or how much money the group is demanding remains unclear.

“ALPHV ransomware group (also known as BlackCat ransomware group) claims to have rescued Bandai Namco,” vx-underground, a group that monitors malware source code on the web, posted on Twitter on Monday. Attached is a screenshot from the ALPHV ransomware blog where the group tracks their targets, with Bandai Namco listed under the “data soon” threat as of July 11.

Bandai Namco did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Vx-underground has already reported other hacksincluding the infamous slip $ one, before the companies themselves have confirmed them. The DarkFeed ransomware watchdog group also shared a screenshot of the alleged BlackCat hack. the present day. Vx-underground and DarkFeed also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update: 9:20am ET, 7/13/22: Bandai Namco confirmed the attack and said it is still investigating the cause and extent of the damage, including the possibility that customer information may have been leaked.

“On July 3, 2022, Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. confirmed that it experienced unauthorized access by a third party to the internal systems of several Group companies in the Asian regions (excluding Japan),” the publisher said. eurogamer in a sentence. He continued:

After we confirm unauthorized access, we take steps like blocking access to servers to prevent damage from spreading. In addition, there is a possibility that customer information related to the toy and hobby business in Asian regions (except Japan) has been included in the servers and PCs, and we are currently identifying the status regarding the existence of leaks, the extent of the damage and investigating the cause.

We will continue to investigate the cause of this incident and will release the results of the investigation as appropriate. We will also work with external organizations to strengthen security across the Group and take steps to prevent a recurrence.

We offer our sincere apologies to all involved for any complications or concerns caused by this incident.

BlackCat, whose members were also believed to be involved in the Colonial Pipeline Trick last year, they have been increasing ransomware attacksaccording to some computer security analysts as well as the fbi. More recently, hacks have resulted in BlackCat publish private employee data online if the victims refuse to pay. In the past, the group demanded millions and targeted school districts and other public entities in addition to for-profit companies.

If legit, this would be just the latest in a long line of recent hacks in major game companies. capcom was hit in late 2020with several of their upcoming unannounced releases like Dragon’s Dogma 2 leaking at the time. A now famous hack from graphics chip maker Nvidia ended up leaking tons of other big game projects. I like it kingdom hearts 4. CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind the witcher 3 Y cyberpunk 2077had employee data and the source code of one of their games Stolen in early 2021. Even fifa the publisher Electronic Arts was beaten, and the alleged perpetrators tried to get a media outlet Vice a blackmail the company on your behalf.

It’s unclear how much of the apparent increase in security breaches is due to new techniques deployed by hackers in the face of increased challenges companies faced moving to work from home during the global pandemic. Capcom blamed part of its vulnerability on remote work. At the same time, the blockchain network hosts the crypto gaming giant axie infinity suffered one of the most expensive hacks in history earlier this year, allegedly all because an employee fell in love with a elaborate phishing scheme.

At the beginning of this yearBandai Namco took over the servers for dark souls i, IIY third offline after a dangerous remote code execution (RCE) exploit was discovered.

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