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  • The Ragnar Locker Ransomware Group, responsible for hacking Capcom, has been taken down by the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation.
  • The group had targeted around 200 international companies since 2020 and leaked confidential data, including information on unreleased games.
  • Despite the takedown, there is still a risk of other hackers and groups targeting gaming companies, as seen with Sony’s recent data breaches.

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation had taken down the Ragnar Locker Ransomware Group, the one responsible for hacking Capcom in 2020. The ransomware group previously compromised Capcom’s various corporate and consumer data and revealed some of its now-released games.

The Ragnar Locker Ransomware Group was one of the most dangerous of its kind. The group was believed to be behind the attacks of around 200 international companies since 2020, which includes Capcom. Fans may recall that the group was responsible for prematurely revealing Street Fighter 6 and the Resident Evil 4 remake, which was still in development back then. Capcom also confirmed that the Ragnar Locker Ransomware Group also managed to steal and leak not just its sales reports, financial data, and confidential corporate data, but also its customers’ and employees’ personal information.

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Nearly three years after that data breach, Europol and The European Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation took down the ransomware group behind the Capcom Hack in a joint international operation. According to Europol’s announcement, authorities arrested the “key target of this malicious ransomware strain” in Paris, France, and searched the key target’s home in Czechia. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials interviewed five suspects in Spain and Latvia in the following days. Europol also managed to bring the main perpetrator, suspected of being a developer of the Ragnar Locker Ransomware Group, “in front of the examining magistrates of the Paris Judicial Court.”

Europol’s joint international operation follows the French National Gendarmerie’s investigation in collaboration with law enforcement authorities from the Czechia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States of America. The Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Center, Edvardas Šileris, hopes that the taking down of the Ragnar Locker Ransomware Group sends “a strong message” to ransomware operators who believe they can continue their attacks without consequences.

Even with Europol taking down the Ragnar Locker Ransomware Group, individual hackers and groups like itself are still likely to target and attack gaming companies and developers. Earlier this month, Sony confirmed it suffered two major data breaches this year – the first happened on May 28, and the second took place in late September. While Sony had already notified current and former employees and their family members about the first breach (which revealed their sensitive data), it assured customers and business partners there was no indication that the second breach compromised their personal information. Sony has yet to update if the second breach led to a leak.

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Source: Europol


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