After a day without service, Square Enix's Final Fantasy mobile game, Brave Exvius is back online after a potential hacking attack. Square Enix also revealed that users weren't affected negatively during the incident, suggesting personal data is safe. To compensate, Square Enix is offering several items as an apology for the loss of service, as well as extend any ongoing events for an extra day.
According to a post on the Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Facebook page this morning, the mobile app game underwent maintenance after a "disruption" to the game's services yesterday on September 21. According to users on the internet, this was the result of a hack after developer Gumi originally reported that the affected services were a result of an "issue with the game."
"We have determined upon investigation that this disruption was caused by someone who gained unauthorized access into our system for the FFBE game, and made a threat to our hosting company," wrote the official statement on the game's Facebook page. "We are currently conducting maintenance to ensure the integrity of the game system including all game data and players' personal information."
On NeoGAF, users reported that yesterday afternoon the Gumi website was taken over and the front page was replaced by an image of a suited man in a Guy Fawkes mask with the message, "Guest what ?! You have been hacked by -=HaxAC=-! Your security is a joke. Fortunately, we will not be touching any of your files. But it would be quite unfortunate if the source codes of your (9?) games were to, say, LEAK." However the threat stopped short of leaking anything, instead the page issued a ransom for Bitcoin with an address to send them to.
Additionally, players on the forum reported receiving a random gift of 5000 lapis, in-game currency worth around $40 to $50 USD which suggests that the if the hackers were responsible for that as well, then they have access to the mobile game's functions.
Services returned a little while ago however with apparently no harm done to players or the game other than the "unauthorized distribution of said lapis." Square Enix will off the following items as an apology:
- NRG restore (10) x20
- Summon Ticket x 3
- Lapis x 900
- Advance Token x 20
- Ancient Coin x 3
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is one of Square Enix's biggest mobile games, with the company announcing that the title was the main source of mobile revenue this year. The game has surpassed 20 million downloads worldwide and pushed the developer's revenues to $518 million in Q1 Fiscal Year 2018.
We reached out to Square Enix and Gumi to see what exactly happened and will update the story as it develops.