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Bandai Namco has reportedly had its content ransomed, and in a statement the organisation has admitted that it “experienced authorised access by [a] third-party to the internal systems of several Group companies in Asian regions”, excluding Japan. “After we confirmed the unauthorised access, we have taken measures such as blocking access to the servers to prevent the damage from spreading,” the statement adds. “In addition, there is a possibility that customer information related to the Toys and Hobby Business in Asian regions (excluding Japan) was included in the servers and PCs, and we are currently identifying the status about existence of leakage, scope of the damage, and investigating the cause.”

The company continues: “We will continue to investigate the cause of this incident and will disclose the investigation results as appropriate. We will also work with external organisations to strengthen security throughout the Group and take measures to prevent recurrence. We offer our sincerest apologies to everyone involved for any complications or concerns caused by this incident.” There’s no mention of any materials being ransomed.

Of course, leaks are extremely damaging for a number of reasons. In addition to the individual distress caused by the potential loss of personal data, there’s also the chance that sensitive business information could be made public. Fortunately for Bandai Namco, a purported presentation slide widely shared on social media earlier this week featuring Elden Ring DLC among many other unannounced projects is almost certainly fake, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be followed by more legitimate information depending on the documents hackers may have obtained.