Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco has reportedly been the victim of a ransomware attack.
According to vx-underground, which bills itself as the largest collection of malware source code, samples and documents on the internet, the ALPHV ransomware group claims to have hacked Bandai Namco.
“Ransomware group ALPHV (also referred to as BlackCat) claims to be extorting money from Bandai Namco,” vx-underground tweeted today.
Ransomware is a type of malware used by cybercriminals to extort money from victims. Criminals often block a victim’s access to their own data by encrypting their files and threatening to release them unless a ransom is paid.
Bandai Namco is a Japanese game publisher known for the Pac-Man, Tekken, and Dark Souls series, among others.
Cyberpunk and Witcher studio CD Projekt Red suffered a ransomware attack last year, reportedly carried out by a group called HelloKitty. Data stolen from the company leaked online in June 2021, including the source code for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, and possibly employee data.
Electronic Arts also suffered a major data breach last year when hackers stole the FIFA 21 source code and the company’s Frostbite engine.
In March, seven people were arrested in connection with the Lapsus$ hacker group, which claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on technology companies including Microsoft, Nvidia, Ubisoft, Samsung and Vodaphone.