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FromSoftware Parent Company Gets Hacked, Must Pay a Ransom to Avoid 1.5TB of Data to Be Released on July 1

Just a few hours ago, FromSoftware and Bandai Namco proudly announced the excellent commercial result of Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, the expansion that sold five million units in its first three days of availability.

The studio's parent company, Kadokawa Corporation, must certainly be pleased with the sales. However, they have also just discovered that they were hacked. The news comes from threat intelligence platform Falcon Feeds, which tweeted a snapshot of the message shared by the hackers:

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Our team gained access to the Kadokawa network almost a month ago. It took some time, because of the language, to figure out that Kadokawa subsidiaries' networks were connected to each other and to get through all the mess Kadokawa's IT department made there. We have discovered that Kadokawa network's architecture was not organised properly. It was different networks connected to the one big Kadokawa's infrastructure being controlled through global control points, such as eSXI and V-sphere. Once we have gained access to the control center, we have encrypted the whole network (Dwango, NicoNico, Kadokawa, and other subsidiaries). The second part of our Team downloaded about TB1,5 of data from the networks.

The parent company of FromSoftware confirmed the leak in a brief press release:

On Saturday, June 8, the servers located in the KADOKAWA Group’s data center experienced a significant cyberattack including ransomware, targeting Niconico and the related services.
KADOKAWA is currently considering solutions and workarounds quickly on a company-wide basis in order to normalize its systems and business activities. KADOKAWA is investigating the possibility for information leakage with the support of external professional organizations.
KADOKAWA does not retain any credit card information of the Group’s customers, including Niconico service users, in its system, and therefore, no credit card

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