In a security breach that has been labelled by EA as a â€œHighly sophisticated and unlawful cyber-attackâ€,Bioware has confirmed that their servers were compromised earlier this week.
EA has confirmed that around 18 000 accounts on the Bioware Edmonton Neverwinter Nights forum were breached , resulting in detailed information such as passwords, account details and birthdates being stolen. EA has labelled this attack as only happening to a â€œvery small percentage of usersâ€.
On the Bioware company forums, Studio GM Aaryn Flynn then went into more detail about the attack.
Yesterday (June 14), we learned that a hacker gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare community server system associated with the Neverwinter Nights forums.Â We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched an ongoing evaluation of the seriousness of the breach.Â 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.Â 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.Â Nevertheless, changing your password regularly is always helpful to protect your account.
Bioware isn’t alone in these attacks, as Nintendo, Epic Games and Bethesda have all suffered similar incidents recently.
Last Updated: June 17, 2011