Bandai Namco confirmed yesterday’s report that it was targeted by hackers and admitted that sensitive information was accessed on its servers.
“Possibly, this includes customer information,” the publisher admitted in a statement today. Currently “establishes the status of the leak, the amount of damage and investigates the cause“, the message says.
The attack itself took place on July 3, Bandai Namco acknowledges — more than a week before reports began circulating that a ransomware group was preparing to release the data it had collected from the company’s servers.
Today’s statement does not make it clear exactly when Bandai Namco realized that its servers had been hacked. Since then, the company has taken steps to stop further attacks and is working to improve security, the release said, while apologizing to anyone affected.
The company said more details on what information was accessed will be made public when Bandai Namco conducts further investigation.
Here is the statement in full:
“July 3, 2022 Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. confirmed that a third party had gained unauthorized access to the internal systems of several Group companies in the Asian regions (excluding Japan). Once we have confirmed unauthorized access, we have taken measures such as blocking access to servers to prevent the damage from spreading. In addition, there is a possibility that customer information related to the toys and hobbies business in Asian regions (excluding Japan) has been included in servers and PCs, and we are currently determining the status of the leak, the extent of the damage, and investigating the cause. We will continue to investigate the causes of this incident and make the results of the investigation public if necessary. We will also work with external organizations to improve security across the Group and take steps to prevent a reoccurrence. We sincerely apologize to all involved for any complications or concerns caused by this incident.”
Previous ransomware attacks have been accompanied by confidential documentation, video game source code, and nasty leaks of internal messages from Capcom, EA, and CD Projekt Red.