Despite the pandemic, Capcom allegedly forced its employees to work in the office due to the November cyber-attack.
In early January, the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided to declare a state of emergency in several offices of Japan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these offices was Osaka, where Capcom is headquartered, and with this, the government asked company employees to work from home or to limit the number of staff in the office.
According to Business Journal, however, even when a state of emergency was declared, Capcom allegedly “forced employees” to go to work, due to the cyber attack suffered last November.
Last year, for those who don’t know or don’t remember, Capcom suffered a cyber attack from which 1 TB of employee and customer data was stolen. Because of this attack, the Business Journal explains, Capcom was unable to say with confidence that it had created a secure external network that would allow employees to work from home without problems.
The idea of a remote system was completely abandoned, and it was decided that there was no choice but to have staff come to the office. An e-mail sent to the developers, according to the Japanese site, states the following: “We are abandoning the remote network for the time being, and it was decided there is no choice but to come to work.” This message, for obvious reasons, would have caused anxiety and discomfort within Capcom.
The company, for its part, responded to these claims, stating that it takes staff health and safety seriously, staggered working hours and implements teleworking where possible. Furthermore, in the office, masks are mandatory and social distancing is imposed. Employees would also be checked the temperature at the entrance.