Japanese video game giant Bandai Namco confirmed that it had fallen victim to a ransomware group hack in July 2022. It revealed that some customer data in the Asian region may have been accessed by the hacker group.
Launching Engadget (14/7), this statement was made by Bandai Namco not long after claims of attacks from a hacker group called BlackCat spread on the internet. Engadget said, BlackCat or ALPHV had spread the claim earlier this week.
“On July 3, 2022, Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. confirmed it had experienced unauthorized access by third parties to the internal systems of several Group companies in the Asian region (excluding Japan),” Bandai Namco told Eurogamer, as quoted by Engadget.
The game's publisher said it was investigating issues related to this cyberattack together with a third partner who supports security. Bandai Namco noted that customer information related to the Toys and Hobbies Business in the Asia region, excluding Japan, was present on the servers and PCs that were compromised by hackers.
Furthermore, the publisher of the Elden Ring game appears to be investigating the leak, the scope of the damage and the cause of the BlackCat cyberattack. The company said it would provide information regarding the findings of the investigation.
“Measures such as blocking access to servers to prevent the damage from spreading,” added Bandai Namco.
The company also gave a statement to fans of their game. Through this statement, Bandai Namco expresses its apologies for any complications or problems that occurred due to the incident.
In recent years, a number of game companies have become targets for a number of ransomware groups in the cyber world. Last year, CD Projekt Red studio Cyberpunk 2077 fell victim to a ransomware attack and refused to pay. Months later, the data stolen in the attack circulated online. On top of that, hackers have also infiltrated EA and Capcom's systems in recent years.