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CDK Global attack linked ransomware group "BlackSuit" targets Kadokawa Corp

In a recent development, the BlackSuit ransomware gang has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on Japanese media conglomerate Kadokawa Corporation. The attack, which occurred in late June, has resulted in significant disruption to Kadokawa's operations, including its popular video-sharing platform Niconico.

According to reports, the BlackSuit gang posted a statement on the dark web earlier this week, claiming that they had gained access to Kadokawa's network and downloaded approximately 1.5 terabytes of data. The stolen information includes business plans, user information, and confidential documents, which the attackers are threatening to publish unless a ransom is paid.

Kadokawa Corporation, which operates in the film, publishing, and gaming industries, reported that multiple websites within its group were experiencing service outages due to the cyberattack on June 8. The incident impacted several of its subsidiaries, including Niconico, which remains suspended at this time.

The attack is believed to be linked to the recent BlackSuit ransomware operation, which was launched as a rebranding of the Royal ransomware operation earlier this year. The FBI and CISA warned in November that the ransomware gang was responsible for attacks on over 350 organizations worldwide since September 2022, resulting in ransom demands exceeding $275 million.

In a statement, Kadokawa Corporation confirmed that it had been affected by a cyberattack and has taken steps to investigate possible information leaks. The company emphasized that no credit card data was compromised, as this information is not stored on its systems.

While the attack on Kadokawa Corporation is significant, it is not an isolated incident. BlackSuit ransomware gang has been linked to numerous attacks on organizations worldwide, including a recent incident involving CDK Global, which caused widespread disruption to car dealerships in North America.

The incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing threat posed by ransomware gangs and the importance of robust cybersecurity measures to protect against such attacks. As the BlackSuit gang continues to claim responsibility for its actions, it is likely that we will see more developments in this story in the coming days.

Published: 2024-06-28T10:23:14

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