Bandai Namco targeted in ransomware attack | #malware | #ransomware


Elden Ring’s publisher Bandai Namco is said to have been the victim of a major ransomware attack, according to Video Games Chronicle.

The outlet cites a report tweet from vx-underground, who claim to be the “largest collection of malware source code, samples, and papers on the internet”.

They have written that a ransomware group by the name of APLHV is claiming to have launched a cyber attack on Bandai Namco.

Of course, they also publish the likes of Ace Combat, Dark Souls and Soul Caliber along with Elden Ring, which has been a wildly popular release for the company.

Ransomware is a malicious software and perpetrators using it can often block the victim’s access to their own data.

They will often encrypt specific files and then threaten to release them unless a ransom is paid, hence the name of ransomware.

Bandai Namco has yet to make a comment on the apparent attack and it remains to be seen what kind of files have been targeted.

There have been previous hacks within the videogame industry.

CD Projekt Red, who have made Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher, were at the centre of a ransomware attack in 2021, and data that was stolen was leaked online, including the source code for Cyberpunk. Employee details were also leaked.

Similar happened to Electronic Arts as hackers stole the source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine, which is exclusive to the company.

It may well be that this is another source code attack, but, as we’ve mentioned, there has yet to be a comment from Bandai Namco on the attack, but we would expect one soon enough if this report is legitimate.

We’ll bring you an update as and when we have it.


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