BANDAI Namco was allegedly hacked by a group called Alphv in a brazen attempt to extort money from the game publisher.
The company is one of the world’s largest publishers with more than 70 game series and franchises.
Most recently, it released Elden Ring, which received rave reviews on PlayStation and Xbox.
Other series owned by the company include fighting games like Soulcalibur and Tekken, and anime titles like Digimon, Dragonball, and Gundam.
Although the publisher has not officially announced that such a breach has taken place, online safety sites claim to have confirmed the information.
Alphav, also known as Alpha or Black Cat, claimed responsibility for the hack and claims to have obtained sensitive data.
This isn’t the first company the group has allegedly hacked into.
Recent targets of the group include HydraElectric, an aerospace company, and the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, an organization focused on urban development in Saudi Arabia.
The number of gambling companies targeted by ransomware attacks has increased recently.
Capcom, CD Projekt, and Electronic Arts have all reportedly been hit by data breaches in recent years.
This is probably because people are now more aware of the value of the gambling industry as a leader in the entertainment market.
If the hack is genuine, what happens next depends on whether Bandai Namco decides to pay the group’s ransom.
There is currently no information as to what the alleged data breach involved.
It may contain information and even images of upcoming Bandai Namco games, including unannounced titles.
However, it is more likely to contain sensitive data about employees, such as: B. personal information and payment details.
If the company decides not to work with the group, it is possible that this data will be made available to the public.
Bandai Namco does not focus on free-to-play or live service games, so it is likely that player details were not included in the breach.
We will update the article with more information when it becomes available or when Bandai Namco comments on the situation.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.