Bandai Namco, the game publisher behind popular titles like Ring of Elden, dark soulsand tekken, confirmed to have been the victim of a hack. According to a report by Eurogamerthe publisher says it suffered “unauthorized access” to its “internal systems” when the breach took place on July 3.
Reports that Bandai Namco suffered an attack surfaced earlier this week. On Monday, vx-underground, a group that tracks malware source code on the web, posted a screenshot on Twitter showing that the group behind the ALPHV ransomware, also known as BlackCat, has added Bandai Namco to its list of victims with the words “given soon”.
Although Bandai Namco’s statement confirms that a hack took place, it still does not indicate who was behind the attack or what type of data the hackers managed to steal (if any). In a statement obtained by Eurogamer, Bandai Namco claims that hackers targeted the internal systems of its companies in “Asian regions (excluding Japan)” and that it “took measures such as blocking access to servers to prevent damage from occurring. propagate”. The company adds that “it is possible that” customer information associated with its toys and collectibles business has also been compromised.
According BeepComputer, the BlackCat ransomware group first emerged in November 2021 and has since breached more than 60 companies around the world. The hackers behind BlackCat can be linked to the bad actors who committed last year’s major colonial pipeline breach. They recently targeted an Austrian government agency, a Swiss aviation service and luxury fashion brand Moncler. The BlackCat gang has also started allowing users to search for stolen information on its site in order to make its victims pay.
“We are currently identifying the state of [the] existence of [the] leak, the extent of the damage and investigate the cause,” says Bandai Namco. “We sincerely apologize to everyone involved for any complications or concerns caused by this incident.” The edge contacted Bandai Namco with a request for comment but did not immediately respond.