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Bandai Namco confirms hack after ransomware group file leak threat

Bandai Namco, the publisher of the hit game Elden Ring, suffered a hack that may have compromised user customer information in Asia.

The Japanese video game company confirmed(Opens in a new window) the breach on Wednesday after the ALPHV ransomware group, also known as BlackCat, indicated that it was about to leak information looted from Bandai Namco.

According to Bandai, the intrusion occurred on July 3 and affected the internal systems of “several Group companies in Asian regions”, but outside of Japan. In response, the company began cutting off access to affected servers.

However, Bandai noted, “It is possible that customer information related to the Toys and Hobby business in Asian regions (excluding Japan)” was extracted from the hacked computers, which included servers and PCs.

“We are currently identifying the condition of the existence of the leaks, the extent of the damage and investigating the cause,” the company added.

The ALPHV website on the dark web

So far, the ALPHV ransomware gang has only listed Bandai Namco as a recent victim of its hacking activities. The gang has yet to release any files allegedly stolen from the company on the group’s dark website. But it may only be a matter of time before the files are released, unless Bandai agrees to pay the pirates.

ALPHV is a relatively new ransomware group that emerged last year. By March, the group had compromised at least 60 organizations around the world, often by first stealing valuable data before encrypting the victim’s computers, according(Opens in a new window) at the FBI.

“Threat actors affiliated with BlackCat typically demand multimillion-dollar ransom payments in Bitcoin and Monero, but have accepted ransom payments that are less than the original ransom demand amount,” the agency added.

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However, Bandai’s statement indicates that the hack failed to affect the company’s video game business. Instead, he ensnared Bandai Activities(Opens in a new window) with the sale of toys, cards, clothing and other physical products.

It is still unknown if Bandai communicates with hackers. The company only said it was working “with external organizations to strengthen security across the group and take steps to prevent this from happening again.”

According(Opens in a new window) At Microsoft, the ALPHV group typically attacks by exploiting remote desktop applications, compromised login credentials, and known software vulnerabilities.

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