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Monday, November 16, 2020

CAPCOM Got Hacked, and Sensitive Info Was Taken

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - KoopaTV also isn't going to repeat what leaks of that information are.

A couple of weeks ago, CAPCOM put out a press release stating that an unauthorised third party got access to CAPCOM's network and systems and apparently locked CAPCOM employees out of it. They claimed customer information was not affected, and that they were in consultation with the police. That scenario sounded a lot like ransomware (an intruder gets access to your stuff and blocks you out of it unless you pay them), and today CAPCOM published another release confirming that. Unlike before, CAPCOM is now saying that “potentially” hundreds of thousands of items of personal customer and employee data may have been taken (but not credit cards used in the CAPCOM Store), along with “confidential corporate data” such as development documents. CAPCOM disclosed this was “from a criminal organization that calls itself Ragnar Locker,” which appears to be a type of ransomware virus. Very scary stuff.

Fortunately, it appears that your online CAPCOM game-playing experience won't change, unlike what happened when 160,000 Nintendo Accounts got breached.


Not coincidentally, there are documents swirling around the Internet right now of some of those development documents that the cybercriminals have taken. The videogames media, apparently considering this a legitimate scoop of information (though one of the other times this happened, it was a games journalist who was the perpetrator), is starting to report on the contents, which seems to include development practices and coming game announcements. KoopaTV isn't going to report on the documents (some of which may seem like great news, other may seem bad) obtained by this illegal and criminal breach of CAPCOM's information systems, both because that's morally gross, and because it's inherently untrustworthy.

Consider that the information source is a group of obviously bad people who likely don't have much regard for truth or integrity (like those people who played a hacked version of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield pre-release to make it look bad, on top of its leaking issues). It doesn't seem like CAPCOM has paid the ransom, so the criminals have lots of motivation to make their victim look bad. Perhaps the crooks are releasing incomplete information—out-of-context. Perhaps information in the development documents are no longer relevant to CAPCOM's development plans, and it's out-of-date.

Regardless, CAPCOM has whatever its marketing plans are (even if they're sometimes disappointing), so I'm going to just go off of those when they come and not reward the unnamed malicious actors by treating them like a legitimate source of information. Consider that KoopaTV policy.



Ludwig hasn't gone off and willingly searched for whatever the leaked documents contain, although some (bad) friends and social media accounts have reposted some of that information that is very relevant to his (and perhaps your) interests. All of this corporate espionage seems to be an increasingly common trend, and you should take your own cybersecurity seriously and not click on suspicious e-mails or websites that are the most common gateway for malware—and some of this leaked information is probably hosted on suspicious websites. (KoopaTV isn't a suspicious website, by the way.)

10 comments :

  1. *starts day being excited and hopeful*
    *ends day being called a bad friend*

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  2. I really do feel bad for Capcom. They probably would put a certain game on a 3rd party Nintendo Direct and I would have been so hyped because I never really care for third party Nintendo directs as the vast majority of games do not interest me so that would have been a welcome surprise for me.

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    1. They can still do that! They don't have to cancel anything from this, well, unless they can't get access to their development data ever again. >.>

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    2. Even if they show it, the surprise is ruined.

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    3. Which is why the media shouldn't be spoiling things now. >:(

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  3. "Koopatv isn't a suspicious website"... sounds like something a a suspicious website would say. I hope Capcom is alright, and this won't delay the next ace attorney, whenever that may be.

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    1. Well if I say we ARE a suspicious website, that would also be suspicious!

      There's no winning here!

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