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Bandai Namco release a statement on the recent ransomware attack

Published: 10:55, 13 July 2022
Updated: 10:59, 13 July 2022
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Bandai Namco confirm they have experienced an unauthorized access to their system

Bandai Namco confirmed in a statement to AltChar that they have experienced an unauthorized access by a third party to their internal systems.

Earlier this week, a hacker group have claimed that they have breached the cyber security of Bandai Namco systems to obtain internal, secret information about the company's business including their video game releases roadmap. 

In an official statement on their website , Bandai Namco have today confirmed that such an attack has indeed happened.

"On July 3, 2022, Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. confirmed that it experienced an unauthorized access by third party to the internal systems of several Group companies in Asian regions (excluding Japan)," Bandai Namco said in a statement. 

The publisher have already taken steps to block access to their servers and prevent hackers to obtain additional confidential information. "After we confirmed the unauthorized access, we have taken measures such as blocking access to the servers to prevent the damage from spreading."

The hacker group have already started to release internal information including an alleged roadmap of the planned video game releases for the FY 2022-23. The roadmap includes titles like the rumoured From Software's Armored Core game and the first DLC for Elden Ring.  

Screengrab/twitter Alleged roadmap of Bandai Namco's upcoming video game releases Alleged roadmap of Bandai Namco's upcoming video game releases

Bandai Namco did not provide an outright confirmation that the roadmap is legit so take it with a huge grain of salt, but they have said that some information related to the Toys and Hobby Business in Asian regions was leaked and that they are currently investigating the cause and the scope of the damage. 

"In addition, there is a possibility that customer information related to the Toys and Hobby Business in Asian regions (excluding Japan) was included in the servers and PCs, and we are currently identifying the status about existence of leakage, scope of the damage, and investigating the cause."

ResetEra/RedLiquorice Armored Core leaked screenshots From Software's rumoured Armored Core game is found in the leaked roadmap

The company also offered their sincerest apologies to everyone involved in this incident and promised to strengthen security and take measures to prevent a recurrence of such events. 

Bandai Namco is not the first victim of ransomware attacks. Last year, Capcom suffered the same attack when hackers illegally leaked internal information, revealing details about the publisher's planned releases. 

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