Video game giant Capcom hit by ransomware attack

Capcom has revealed a cyberattack that had a big impact on the company’s operations over the past weekend. The video game developer based in Osaka, Japan, has indeed confirmed to have suffered a cyberattack, in a notice dated November 4. This would have taken place two days earlier, and would have led “some of the Capcom group networks to encounter problems which affected access to certain systems”. Email and file servers have been hit, the company confirms.

Capcom described the attack as “unauthorized access” carried out by a third party. As the security incident occurred, the company halted some operations on its internal networks, presumably to prevent the cyber attack from spreading further and potentially compromising additional business resources. Capcom says there is “no indication” that customer information has been accessed or compromised; at least at this point.

“This incident did not affect the connections to play the company’s online games or access to its various websites,” said the company. “Capcom has expressed its deepest regrets for the inconvenience this could cause to its various stakeholders,” added the management of the Japanese publisher.

An attack of still unknown magnitude

At the time of writing this article, Capcom indicated that it was “unable to respond to inquiries and / or documents” made through the investor relations contact form. The game developer is currently working on restoring their systems and reported the cyberattack to law enforcement.

Capcom has not disclosed any further details relating to the attack, but the company is not the only game developer targeted this year. In October, Ubisoft and Crytek fell victim to the Egregor gang, which attempted to extort a ransom from companies under threat of posting proprietary data stolen in the attacks.

As a reminder, Egregor is an active ransomware group which would be responsible for cyber attacks against the companies GEFCO and Barnes & Noble. Malwarebytes researchers suspect that former affiliates of the Maze ransomware group – which has now withdrawn from the scene – are now looking to Egregor as an alternative.

Source: .com

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