You always have to be very careful when downloading files on the internet, especially when it comes to software. For an ordinary person with their personal laptop, a virus could trigger a terrible headache. Now, imagine what it would be like for an employee of a large animation studio like Toei Animation and, on top of that, in your work network.
fans of “OnePiece”, “Dragonball”, “precure” and other Toei anime had a hard time waiting, but the studio itself had the worst of it. The company released a note with the results of the hack they suffered on March 6, and it turns out that this all started because an employee had to download software for work purposes: unfortunately, ransomware was infiltrated along with the program.
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What did Toei Animation do?
Toei Animation confirmed the third party’s invasion of its network, and proceeded to take various measures, such as shutting down parts of the internal system and restricting external access. Likewise, the incident was reported to the competent authorities and the company resorted to external security specialists. To date, the operation of the company’s internal systems is stable.
However, the impact of the hack was manifested in that part of the company’s network data, and its PCs ended up encrypted. A ransomware usually operates by ‘hijacking’ information by blocking its access, and this time it was this that truncated the production of “One Piece” and other anime for more than a month.
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Fortunately, no leaks of information, both corporate and personal, were reported, nor any damage by their clients. In this way, contrary to what some fans believed, it was not a planned attack against Toei Animation in particular.
With the new premiere date of “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” and the regular broadcast of “One Piece”, “Delicious party precure”, etc., this incident is now history. However, it will always serve as a good reminder to everyone to think twice – or more – before downloading things online.