The toymaker Bandai Namco claims that a third party gained unauthorized access to the internal systems of several group companies in Asia.
The Japanese company Bandai Namco, dedicated to the sale of toys and publisher of games such as the Elder Ring, has confirmed that it has been the victim of a ransomware attack.
As shared through a statement, a third party gained unauthorized access to the internal systems of several group companies in some Asian countries (with the exception of Japan).
“After confirming the unauthorized access, we have proceeded to take measures such as blocking access to the servers to prevent the damage from spreading,” they have pointed out.
This writing is published in response to the rumors that circulated a couple of days ago around the company and its cybersecurity.
The toy company has transmitted that the information of clients of its Toys and Hobby business in the Asian regions could have been affected. This includes “the planning, development, production and sale of toys, toy capsules, cards, sweets and food, clothing, sundries, plastic models, prizes, stationery and other products,” according to their website. The data on this unit was stored on servers and PCs.
More details will be known after the investigation.
Bandai Namco has also stated that it is currently investigating the extent of the damage and the existence of leaks.
“We will continue to investigate the cause of this incident and will disclose the results of the investigation when appropriate. In addition, we will work with external organizations to strengthen security across the group and take steps to prevent a recurrence,” they say.
“We offer our sincerest apologies to those involved for any complications or concerns caused by the incident,” the message concludes.
The Japanese company has not disclosed whether the perpetrators of the attack have asked for a ransom and how much it would amount to. Everything indicates that the authors of the threat would be the ransomware group called ALPHV, also known as ‘Black Cat’.
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