Bandai Namco reportedly hit by ransomware attack

Hackers are apparently trying to ransom stolen data from the 'Elden Ring' publisher

Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco has reportedly been the target of a ransomware attack.

According to malware source code collector and sampler vx-underground, ransomware group ALPHV “claims to have ransomed Bandai Namco,” (via VGC).

In this supposed ransomware attack, ALPHV would essentially hold personal data held by Bandai Namco until a ransom is paid, under threat of releasing the stolen information to the public.

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ALPHV, also known as BlackCat, was highlighted by SecurityAffairs earlier in the year when the group started publishing victims’ data publicly to increase pressure to pay ransom fees.

NME has reached out to Bandai Namco on the legitimacy of this story, and requested an update on the situation. This article will be updated if a response is received.

Elden Ring
Elden Ring. Credit: FromSoftware.

Bandai Namco isn’t the only major publisher to be attacked by ransomware, as CD Projekt Red released a statement last year after it was also a target.

“An unidentified actor gained unauthorised access to our internal network, collected certain data belonging to CD Projekt capital group and left a ransom note the content of which we released to the public,” said the company.

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The ransom note itself said it would release all the accounting, administration, legal, HR and investor relations documents, with CD Projekt Red responding that it would not “give in to the demands or negotiate.”

Last year, hackers leaked a trove of stolen EA information after the company ignored a ransom demand.

In other news, Ex-Zodiac is a 3D rail shooter inspired by Star Fox, and it enters Early Access later this month. There’s also a two-level demo currently available for the game on Steam, which adopts the Super FX chip visual style.

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