Capcom, the video game developer behind popular franchises Resident Evil and Street Fighter, revealed it was hit with a cyberattack in a statement released on Thursday. The Japanese company said the attack took place in the early hours of November 2nd, but there is no indication of any stolen customer data. It added that swift measures were taken moments after noticing the attack to prevent malware from spreading across the systems. That included seizing some operations on internal networks. The statement mentioned that a “third party” was behind the assault but didn’t provide any further information concerning its identity.
The threat affected access to email and file servers, as well as other systems. But it did not impact “connections for playing the company’s games online or access to its various websites.” The game developer apologized to its stakeholders for any possible inconvenience, adding that it is cooperating with the police and other related authorities to fully investigate the matter and identify the culprits. It also notified users that it wouldn’t respond to contact requests made through the investor relations form.
Capcom isn’t the first gaming company to fall victim to a cyberattack, nor will it be the last. Ubisoft, the creator of the Watch Dogs game series, was the target of a ransomware attack. The cybercrime gang Egregor leaked the source code of Watch Dogs: Legion online, as well as the future development plans of Crytek, the company behind Crysis. Akamai Technologies, a content delivery network and cybersecurity company, reported over 100 billion credential-stuffing attacks between July 2018 and June 2020, with 10 billion of those aimed towards the gaming industry. Furthermore, gamers suffered from more than 3,000 Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks between July 2019 and June 2020.
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