Cyber attackers declare $ 11 million bitcoin from Japanese Gaming Big Capcom
Japanese gaming giant Capcom, developer of popular games like Resident Evil and Street Fighter, fell victim to ransomware in early November. Attackers allegedly requested $ 11 million worth of Bitcoin in order not to reveal illegally obtained confidential information to the public, CoinDesk Japan reported on Tuesday.
In a November 4th press release, Capcom said the group's networks had been attacked in the early hours of November 2nd. The attacks targeted “specific systems,” including email and file servers, and there was no evidence that any customer information was breached, the announcement said. The company is currently in consultation with local law enforcement agencies about the investigation into the attack.
In October 2020, Japan's government and schools were attacked by blackmailers demanding Bitcoin and threatening acts of violence. Similar reports had already surfaced in Austria.
On Tuesday, Nikkei Japan reported that a group called "RAGNAR LOCKER" managed to download 1 terabyte of sensitive data, including personal information from employees and customers, from Capcom on November 9th. In return for the fact that the information was not disclosed, the attackers should ask the company to contact the organization by November 11 at 8:00 am (Japanese time).
Japanese media organization Asahi Shimbun reported on Nov. 9 that some of Capcom's internal servers and computers had been infected with ransomware and certain company operations had been temporarily suspended. When a network is infected with ransomware, user access is restricted. Ransomware developers then demand ransom from affected companies and others to lift the restrictions.
Asahi's Hodo Station TV news show on Nov. 10th said cybercriminals may require Capcom to pay a ransom of 1.1 billion yen ($ 11 million) in bitcoin, CoinDesk Japan reported.