Game developers Ubisoft and Crytek were victims of ransomware attacks carried out by the Egregor ransomware gang in October. Files from Crytek’s game development division were encrypted and the threat actors threatened to release Ubisoft’s source code for their upcoming title Watch Dogs, a game which is about a hacker taking revenge through acts of violence. More recently, Capcom disclosed that an unauthorized intrusion caused issues for email and file servers although they do not believe customer information was stolen. Experts do not currently believe these attacks are unusual, although with the increase risk of COVID-19 keeping people indoors, the gaming industry could be come a more frequent target. These attacks not only hurt the company, they also can steal user data for the purpose of selling credentials, enabling account takeovers, credential stuffing attacks and phishing schemes.
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