Change Your Passwords: Battle.Net Has Been Hacked
Blizzard is reporting that its Battle.net online service has suffered an illegal security breach, and the company is advising players to change their passwords as a precaution.
“At this time, we’ve found no evidence that financial information such as credit cards, billing addresses, or real names were compromised,” Blizzard wrote in a post on the breach. “Our investigation is ongoing, but so far nothing suggests that these pieces of information have been accessed.”
However, some data was compromised — specifically, a list of email addresses associated with Battle.net accounts for North American players.
“For players on North American servers (which generally includes players from North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia) the answer to the personal security question, and information relating to Mobile and Dial-In Authenticators were also accessed. Based on what we currently know, this information alone is NOT enough for anyone to gain access to Battle.net accounts.”
What’s more, actual passwords were not taken, but scrambled passwords were. So it’s possible that hackers may be able to decrypt those passwords; thus, you’re going to want to go ahead and change yours.
You can read Blizzard’s full post on the breach right here. We’ll post any additional information as it becomes available.