A Plethora Of Video Game Companies Hacked In Recent Days
At long last, Sony is no longer the lone member of the ‘Embarrassed Hacking Victims’ club. Joining them in the humiliation tango are newly minted members Bethesda, Epic and Nintendo(!!!). Yes, that Nintendo. What the hell happened, you guys? Let’s find out!
Earlier today, hacker group Lulzec announced via the smuggest tweet ever that they’d breached Bethesda:
Bethesda, we broke into your site over two months ago. We’ve had all of your Brink users for weeks. Please fix your junk, thanks! ^_^
And to prove it, they’ve now posted a press statement detailing precisely what they’ve taken. Those Bethesda users worried about your private data can, at least for now, relax. That statement includes this tidbit:
Please find enclosed everything we took, excluding one thing – 200,000+ Brink users. We actually like this company and would like for them to speed up the production of Skyrim, so we’ll give them one less thing to worry about. You’re welcome!
Thanks for the small favors guys. So far no word on how Bethesda intends to react. They’re insisting no financial data was taken and that they’ve taken proper precautions to prevent further unauthorized access. Meanwhile, want to know why they did it? It’s in the name. They thought it’d be funny. And it kind of is!
Via Rock paper Shotgun.
But that’s not all. It turns out Epic was also hacked. In a post to their office blog, Epic’s Community Coordinator reposted an official statement from Epic CEO Tim Sweeny that confirmed:
Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked. We’re working on getting them back up and running, and expect everything to be restored in a few days.
The hackers likely obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plain text passwords weren’t revealed, but short or common passwords could be obtained by brute-force attack. Therefore, we’re resetting all passwords. If you have an account on the Epic Games forums, you can request to receive your new password by email it to the address we have on file for you.
The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) has not been compromised. None of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other sensitive customer data.
Those who accessed Epic data haven’t issued a statement or taken responsibility so we don’t know WTH with that. Now would probably be a good time for anyone registered with Epic to change their passwords and other information asap.
Via Rock paper Shotgun.
But the most surprising development?
Vistors to Nintendo’s UK website are currently being treated to the following message:
European Nintendo website phishing possibility
We have learnt of a possible phishing threat to users of the European Nintendo website which we are currently investigating. The protection of our customers is our utmost priority and so we have taken the precaution of immediately shutting down some parts of this website until further notice. We would like to reassure you that we do not hold our customer’s bank, credit card or address details on the European Nintendo website and so this data is not at risk.
Phishing is when someone attempts to find out your personal information, such as usernames and passwords, by pretending to be a trustworthy person or company in an electronic communication such as an email or via a website.
We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. Please do get in touch with your local Nintendo Customer Services if you have any further concerns.
That’s a lot of fun for such a short time. Still no full picture of what it means, but as with the recent Sony Debacle, we’ll keep you fully informed.