Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Geo Focus: Asia , Geo-Specific

Attack Shuts Down Japanese Video Streaming Service Niconico

Suspected Ransomware Incident Knocks Multiple Websites Offline
Attack Shuts Down Japanese Video Streaming Service Niconico
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Japan's largest video-sharing platform, Niconico, suspended services indefinitely after a suspected cyberattack locked employees out of multiple servers at parent company Kadokawa.

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The Kadokawa group, a Japanese media conglomerate that owns the Niconico platform, announced Sunday that it had to shut down some of its online services including the entire Niconico service, the group's official website, its e-commerce site Ebten, and several other websites.

The company did not say when the affected websites will go back online but said it will continue to provide updates until the affected services are restored.

The streaming service set up a dedicated page on rival streaming platform YouTube to post the latest updates until Niconico comes online.

Niconico, which boasts about 89 million active members and nearly 1.43 million premium members, said Monday that its IT team will "rebuild the entire system" from scratch following the cybersecurity incident that occurred in the early hours of June 8.

The video-sharing platform announced Wednesday that its main services are undergoing maintenance but users can access N Air, a distribution software service that lets them broadcast livestreams, gameplay or chats from webcasts and games.

About the Author

Jayant Chakravarti

Jayant Chakravarti

Senior Editor, APAC

Chakravarti covers cybersecurity developments in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been writing about technology since 2014, including for Ziff Davis.

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