Capcom has been hacked by an unknown third party which has gained "unauthorized access" to the company's systems.
Although Capcom is best known for making some big video game franchises like Street Fighter and Monster Hunter, it is a company with more diverse interests than that alone. It also has a focus on making pachinko machines (as do many Japanese gaming companies) and an interest in real estate. Now, it has revealed that it has been the victim of a hacking attack two days prior.
How and Why Was Capcom Hacked?
Unfortunately, the statement released by the company does not detail any possible motivations behind the attack. Capcom has a lot of smaller companies under its umbrella working together, so it's likely to have a dedicated IT department; that department surely has some idea of what's going on.
That said, the company is keeping its cards close to its chest — aside from its own internal investigations, the company is also working with law enforcement to remedy the situation.
"Presently, Capcom is consulting with the police as well as other related authorities while both carrying out an investigation and taking measures to restore its systems," a portion of the statement read.
Does the Capcom Hack Affect Any Customers?
Fortunately, the November 2 incident does not appear to have affected any customer data or any of its game services.
"Further, it stated that at present there is no indication that any customer information was breached," the statement continued. "This incident has not affected connections for playing the company's games online or access to its various websites."
It should be noted that while Capcom has confidently said that game connections and website access have not been affected, its assurances about the safety of customer data aren't quite as robust; this may be due to the fact that the company's internal investigation and a separate criminal investigation is still underway. As with all data breaches and hacks, customers should take the time to do the following:
- Change any passwords associated with Capcom
- Enable 2-factor authentication (where possible) to protect your accounts
- Monitor credit card/banking statements for any suspicious charges
Gamers should take care to do everything they can to protect their personal and financial information just in case. Capcom will release more details as new facts come to light. We've reached out to Capcom for comment and will update this article when we receive a reply.
Who do you think is behind the Capcom hack? Why do you think someone would breach a company's servers and apparently not cause any damage or steal any information? Let us know in the comments below!