Video Game Publisher Bandai Namco Appears To Have Been Hacked

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Picture: Bandai Namco

Major video game cyberattacks have become quite regular in recent years and it seems Bandai Namco is the latest victim.

Ransomware group ‘BlackCat’ has added the Japanese publisher and developer – known for series like Pac-Man, Dragon Ball and Elden Ring – to its list of victims.

A group that monitors malware source code online, known as ‘vx-underground’, was the first to spot this and share the information on social media. The same source has previously reported on other attacks – like the Nvidia one before it was officially confirmed.

BlackCat have reportedly been “ramping up” ransomware attacks over the past year, and has previously shared private employee data online, when victims refuse to comply. This includes demands for millions of dollars. It’s unknown at this stage the extent of this latest incident.

Some of the biggest attacks on video game companies in recent years include the Nvidia leaks, CD Projekt Red, EA and fellow Japanese company Capcom – which saw the reveal of a number of unannounced games ahead of release.

If we hear any updates, we’ll let you know.

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