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The hacking epidemic strikes Neverwinter Nights
Posted: 16.06.2011 14:54 by Comments: 5
The latest victim in the hacking epidemic has struck Bioware this time, with the accounts of 18,000 users of the Neverwinter Nights forum being invaded. According to the developer, account names, email addresses, passwords, country and birth dates "may have been exposed". Fortunately, no credit card details were exposed and Bioware reassured users "we have never collected social security numbers."

In a forum post by BioWare Edmonton GM Aaryn Flynn:

"Yesterday (June 14), we learned that a hacker gained unauthorised access to the decade-old BioWare community server system associated with the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers' data and launched an ongoing evaluation of the seriousness of the breach.

"We have determined that no credit card data was compromised, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. However hackers may have obtained information such as user account names and passwords, email addresses, and birth dates of approximately 18,000 accounts - a very small percentage of total users.

"We have emailed those whose accounts may have been compromised and either disabled their accounts or reset their EA Account passwords. If you did not receive an email from us, or if your password still works for your EA account, your username and password were not compromised. Nevertheless, changing your password regularly is always helpful to protect your account."


However, if your Bioware account was linked to an Electronic Arts account, there may be problems especially if your EA account has stored mailing and billing address, language, game entitlements and games played.
Source: Eurogamer
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Comments

By JPerry06 (SI Core) on Jun 16, 2011
JPerry06
do these companies not have any security? or is it that easy to hack something? dont really know much when it comes to this
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jun 16, 2011
JonahFalcon
This happens ALL THE TIME. Just now is it hitting the videogame industry in force.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Jun 16, 2011
PowerJack
"Yesterday (June 14), we learned that a hacker..."

Ok 1 guy just waltzed right in and got 18k of accounts.

"...a very small percentage of total users."

Oh, I feel so much better.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 16, 2011
herodotus
The dominoes keep falling and the Cyber Cops can't keep up with the attacks. Time to pull the troops out of Afghanistan and pour the funding for that questionable war into the real terrorism right in our living rooms.
By Aikon_The_Dragonslayer (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 17, 2011
Aikon_The_Dragonslayer
Is it me or are these hack attacks becoming a near-everyday occurance?