Ransomware attacks are one among the foremost notorious samples of cryptocurrency-related criminal activities within this year in 2020, with targets starting from city halls and universities to major industries like Tesla. And in the week, hackers claimed a new victim: The gaming giant Capcom.
Capcom is the firm behind major hits like Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Megaman as well as Street Fighter.
$11 Million In Bitcoin Asked As Ransom
At the starting of this month November 2020, Capcom issued a press release informing that it had been the target of a computer attack. The Japanese firm didn’t elaborate on the character of the attack, and solely added that it paused some operations and notified the authorities:
Starting from the early morning hours of 2nd Nov. 2020, a number of the Capcom Group networks experienced issues that affected access to certain systems, including email and file servers. The firm has confirmed that this was due to unauthorized access administered by a 3rd party and that it’s halted some operations of its internal networks as of 2nd November.
However, a cybersecurity expert with knowledge of the malware scene under the pseudonym Pancak3lullz was able to analyze parts of the malware’s code and told Bleeping Computer that Capcom was hit with a bit of ransomware developed by a gaggle under the name “Ragnar Locker.”
Pancak3lullz added that Ragnar Locker was able to encrypt 2,000 devices on Capcom’s networks, posing for $11,000,000 worth of bitcoins in exchange for the key to decrypt around 2 Terabytes of data that are now inaccessible to Capcom.
Among the info, Capcom is risking are document files, passports, sales reports, bank statements, contracts, and various databases with strategic data.