Capcom, home to many iconic franchises such as Street Fighter,Resident Evil and Monster Hunter, is the latest victim of a cyber attack. Report claims that Capcom was the victim of a ransomeware attack by a program called Ragnar Locker. Ragnar Locker is a specific Ransom that attacks vulnerable systems by peppering them with small scale attacks until it finally breaks through.
Capcom stated that the attack occurred in the early hours of November 2 and affected access to certain systems, including email and file servers. Capcom has confirmed a third party was responsible for the attack. As a result of the attack, Capcom says it has halted some operations of its internal networks
“Capcom expressed its deepest regret for any inconvenience this may cause to its various stakeholders,” Capcom wrote. “Further, it stated that at present there is no indication that any customer information was breached. This incident has not affected connections for playing the company’s games online or access to its various websites.
Ransomware has been on the rise lately and is the latest cyber security threat that big organizations need to be wary of. As the name suggests, once the information is stolen, those responsible for the attack hold the information hostage until demands are met. The trade-away being that the attackers promise to delete the information once their payment has been received. Although as ransomware attacks continue, this is becoming increasingly less common.
The attackers claim to have stolen 1 TB of unencrypted files from the corporate networks in Japan, USA, and Canada. This includes all kinds of private and sensitive corporate data ranging from financial reports, intellectual property information, and even company emails and messenger conversations.
But Capcom claimed no data has been stolen and all are intact. Working on restoring the systems