Japanese anime and gaming giant admits data leak following ransomware attack

Japanese media large Kadokawa confirmed that a few of its knowledge was leaked within the ransomware assault final month.

In a statement on Saturday, Kadokawa mentioned that the leaked knowledge included enterprise associate info, together with contracts and different paperwork, in addition to inside firm knowledge comparable to private info on all staff of its subsidiary Dwango, which runs the favored Japanese video-sharing website Niconico.

“Kadokawa reiterates its deepest apologies to our prospects and all these involved for the appreciable inconvenience and hassle this matter has triggered,” the assertion mentioned.

The corporate assured that it doesn’t retailer bank card info for its prospects, together with Niconico customers, “stopping the leakage of this info.” 

Kadokawa runs varied companies within the movie, publishing and gaming industries. For instance, it operates a Japanese e-book retailer known as BookWalker, which sells manga, novels and magazines from varied publishers. It holds a majority stake in FromSoftware, the developer of the video in style sport Elden Ring.

Final week, the BlackSuit ransomware gang revealed a small pattern of the stolen knowledge and threatened to publish the remainder if the corporate didn’t pay a ransom. BlackSuit is claimed to have gained entry to 1.5 TB of the corporate’s knowledge.

Kadakowa is conscious of those claims and mentioned that it’s “within the technique of confirming their authenticity.”

“In July, we anticipate to obtain correct info based mostly on the findings of exterior skilled organizations. We will report this as quickly as it’s ascertained,” the corporate added. It didn’t say whether it is planning to pay a ransom.

Kadakowa detected a cyberattack on its providers in early June. In line with the investigation, the hackers focused servers situated within the knowledge middle.

As a result of assault, Niconico — one of many largest video posting websites in Japan — quickly shut down its stay streaming platform and consumer channels “to attenuate the impression” of the incident.

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Kadokawa mentioned that the incident impacted many of the firm’s and its subsidiary’s operations since they had been hosted in the identical knowledge middle.

“Kadokawa is at present contemplating options and workarounds rapidly on a company-wide foundation to be able to normalize its programs and enterprise actions,” the corporate said in a press release on Friday.

BlackSuit is a rebrand of the Royal ransomware group, whose operators are believed to be from the now-defunct Conti cybercrime gang. BlackSuit can also be believed to be behind the cyberattack on CDK World, a significant software program supplier for the automotive business.

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