Elden Ring, Ace Combat, Tekken publisher Bandai Namco allegedly hacked

Elden Ring, Ace Combat, Tekken publisher Bandai Namco allegedly hacked

The publisher behind some of the longest-running and most beloved franchises in the gaming industry, Bandai Namco, has apparently been hacked by a ransomware group called Alphv, also known as BlackCat. Several other developers, publishers and hardware manufacturers have been targeted by the same and other groups in the past. The extent of the damage is currently unknown.

The news comes from a security group, Vx-Underground, which maintains “the largest collection of malware source code, samples and papers on the internet.” According to Vx-Underground, Alphv claims to have solved Bandai Namco. The group added that “Bandai Namco is an international video game publisher. Bandai Namco video game franchises include Ace Combat, Dark Souls, Dragon Ball, Soulcalibur and more.” Vx-Underground also released a screenshot of the Alphv website showing Bandai Namco listed as “data coming soon.” Bandai Namco has not yet issued any statement on the matter.


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Vx-Underground was among the first to find out about the similar attack targeting Nvidia in March. “We request that Nvidia commit to fully open source its graphics processor drivers for Windows, MacOS and Linux from now on and forever,” the ransomware group Lapsus demanded at the time, threatening to “release the entire silicon, graphics and computer chipset files for all recent Nvidia graphics processing units.” Lapsus went on to hack other companies, including Microsoft.

Alphv is well known among security experts. Microsoft has a lengthy file on the group, calling Alphv a “widespread threat and a prime example of the growing ransomware-as-a-service gig economy.” Microsoft further describes the group as “notable for its unconventional programming language, multiple target devices and possible entry points, and affiliation with prolific threat activity groups.”

This represents the latest in a long line of ransomware attacks affecting various companies in the gaming industry. Capcom was targeted back in 2020 and CD Projekt Red was hit just under a year later in 2021. EA was hacked shortly thereafter. “Following the incident, we have already made security improvements and do not expect any impact on our games or our business,” the company said in a statement. “We are actively working with law enforcement and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation.”

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