Report: Bandai Namco victim hacked


Japanese publishing giant Bandai Namco has reportedly been the victim of a ransomware attack.

This is according to a post on Twitter from vx-underground – which claims to be the largest collection of malware source code, samples and articles online – which believes that the ALPHV ransomware group managed to ransom the publisher Elden Ring.

These types of attacks usually involve a bad actor infiltrating a company’s network and then encrypting all information in an attempt to extort money from the owner.

“ALPHV ransomware group (also known as BlackCat ransomware group) claims to have ransom Bandai Namco.

Bandai Namco has yet to publicly comment on this news.

Bandai Namco is not the first game company to face this kind of attack. CD Projekt – which also works with Bandai Namco on The Witcher franchise and Cyberpunk 2077 – had its network hacked and hit by ransomware in February 2021. The source code for the company’s games was auctioned off soon after on the dark web. has reached out to Bandai Namco for comment.

Alexander Calvin

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the gaming business. He started at UK trade journal MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor more than three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as editor of the new site. In October 2019, he left this full-time position within the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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