French video game giant Ubisoft announced that it was the victim of an attempted cyber attack on Tuesday, December 26. Narrowly avoided piracy that occurs in a difficult context for video game publishers who are increasingly affected by hacking attacks.
The French publisher narrowly avoided massive piracy, just days after Japanese studio Insomniac Games, the game’s developer Wolverine, there was a massive data theft. ” We are aware of a suspected data security incident and are currently investigating it “, a spokesperson for Ubisoft told AFP on Tuesday.
According to the specialized site “VX-Underground”, hackers tried to exfiltrate almost 900 GB of data from the servers of the French publisher, known for its successful games, within 48 hours. Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s, Rayman, Far or recently Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
On December 20, an unknown Threat Actor compromised Ubisoft. The individual had access for roughly 48 hours until the administration realized something wasn’t working and access was revoked.
They wanted to exfiltrate roughly 900GB of data but lost access.
— vx-underground (@vxunderground) December 22, 2023
More frequent attacks
Rockstar Games, Activision-Blizzard, Electronic Arts… The list of publishers who have been victims of targeted cyber attacks in recent years is constantly growing. On December 19, studio Insomniac Games, a subsidiary of the Japanese giant Sony, became the victim of a massive hack of sensitive data in the form of “ransomware”, a form of hacking that blocks personal data and demands its owner. money in exchange for their release.
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Faced with the studio’s refusal to comply, the hackers exposed sensitive information about the company, its partnerships, as well as the studio’s upcoming projects, such as games. Wolverine Or Spider-man 3. ” We are saddened and outraged by the recent criminal cyber attack against our studio and the emotional impact it has had on our development team. », responded Insomniac Games in a message published on Thursday on the social network X (formerly Twitter). ” We understand that stolen data includes the personal data of our employees, former employees and independent contractors (…). This experience was extremely difficult for us. “, the studio wrote again, adding that development of “Wolverine” continues” as expected “.