Japanese game developer and publisher Capcom suffered a security incident on November 2, 2020, which impacted its operations, including email and file servers. The developer of popular game franchises like Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Mega Man, and Street Fighter claimed that an unknown third party illicitly accessed its internal network systems. After realizing about the incident, the company temporarily stopped a few systems in its network to prevent the spread.
While there is no indication of misuse of any customer information, Capcom clarified the incident has not affected any connections for playing the company’s games online or access to its websites. The company reported the incident to cyber sleuths and the related authorities for further investigation, and is also taking measures to restore its systems.
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