Anime giant Toei suffered a cyber attack over the weekend causing delays in the airing of new episodes of popular anime series, including ONE PIECE and Delicious Party Precure.
This news has been very disappointing for fans of the acclaimed Japanese manga ONE PIECE, who are eagerly anticipating the release of chapter 1000 of the series.
According to the announcement from Toei and ONE PIECE, the anime studio detected unauthorized access to their systems on May 6, 2022.
The next day, the company issued a warning in which he claimed he had to shut down all internal systems as a security precaution and initiated an investigation into the incident.
The investigation would also determine whether the threat actors stole data during the attack, leading to a potential data breach affecting customers and business partners.
“We are currently investigating the details, but we are also conducting an investigation by an external specialist institution to confirm whether customer and business partner information and personal information are included,” Toei announced in a press release.
Toei says they are working with an external cybersecurity company to help them conduct investigations and to notify law enforcement.
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Today, Toei Animation has posted an update on the situation, informing their fans that the production of the new episodes has been delayed due to the shutdown of internal systems as they recovered from the attack.
For this reason, the airing of the new episodes of “Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken”, “Delicious Party Precure”, “Digimon Ghost Game” and “ONE PIECE” will be delayed until further notice.
Toei Animation is a historic Japanese studio active since 1948, which has produced successful series such as Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, The Transformers, Digimon and Mazinger Z.
A delay in the production of new episodes of ONE PIECE affects an entire chain of broadcasters around the world, including Netflix, Funimation and Crunchyroll.
In Japan, ONE PIECE has consistently been in the top five anime shows by number of viewers, recording 2 million question expressions per month in 2016. This number has likely increased significantly over the past five years.
The side effects of the attack on Toei Animation and the apparent difficulty in restoring internal systems bear the signs of a ransomware attack, but at this time BleepingComputer has not been able to confirm this.