Elden Ring Players Might Want to Change Some Passwords

Popular game developer Bandai Namco recently fell victim to a ransomware attack

Bandai Namco, the same company that publishes games like Elden Ring, Pac-Man, and Dark Souls, fell victim to a ransomware attack on July 3, 2022. This attack may have compromised players’ data. Here’s what you need to know about the potential data breach. 

What Happened? 

On July 3, 2022, Bandai Namco servers were breached by a third party, potentially leaking user data. Theoretically, this could mean that Elden Ring and Dark Souls players’ data could have been compromised and may end up on the web soon. 

According to a report by TechCrunch, “The Alphv ransomware group — believed to be the latest incarnation of the DarkSide ransomware gang responsible for the Colonial Pipeline attack — has threatened that the stolen data will be released “soon,” but no exact deadline has been given. Bandai Namco declined to say whether it had been given a ransom demand.”

Bandai Namco Responds

In a statement given by Bandai Namco on July 13, 2022, it said that this breach of data affected the “internal systems of several Group companies in Asian regions (excluding Japan).” This gives the indication that perhaps people living in other parts of the world may not have had their data breached. 

They go on to end the statement by saying there is currently an investigation underway to determine how the breach happened. 

Read the full statement here

Is My Data Safe? 

Going by Bandai Namco’s word, your data should be safe unless you live in Asia outside of Japan. However, it’s always good practice to update your passwords and use different passwords for different accounts. According to Google, you should do a password reset every 90 days. 

This isn’t the first time user data has leaked via a game or online service, and it probably won’t be the last. To be safe, it’s probably a good idea if you log in to your Elden Ring account and change your password for the time being. 

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