Ubisoft, a French video game publisher and developer, stated on Friday that it had been the target of a “cyber security incident,” which resulted in a brief outage of its games, systems, and services.
The Montreuil-based firm said it was conducting an investigation into the incident and has implemented a company-wide password change as a precaution.
“Also, we can confirm that all of our games and services are operating regularly,” the company stated. At this moment, there is no evidence that any player personal information was obtained or leaked as a result of this event.
The breach comes after a string of high-profile hacks in recent weeks that have targeted NVIDIA, Samsung, Mercado Libre, and Vodafone. While the extortionist gang LAPSUS$ has claimed responsibility for these attacks, it’s unclear whether the group is also responsible for the Ubisoft hack.
The criminal gang appears to admit their involvement, according to technology news site The Verge, which reported the story first. It’s worth noting that LAPSUS$ hasn’t been as vocal about claiming credit as it has in the other cases.
Unlike other ransomware groups that steal and encrypt confidential information in exchange for a ransom, LAPSUS$ extorts money from its victims by stealing sensitive material and keeping it hostage, threatening to expose it if their demands are not met.