Our friend Dawid from G.E.A.R magazine mentioned recently on Twitter that 2011 will be remembered as the year of the hackers and I think he’s going to be proved correct as the hacks just keep on coming.
The latest to announce that they were hacked is Bioware who have noticed that their Neverwinter Night’s forums have been hacked and more user data has once again been stolen.
They don’t mention how many people were compromised but once again they have lost usernames, email addresses, date of birth, encrypted passwords, phone numbers, real names and mailing addresses.
So pretty much everything you need to bypass standard banking security checks.
So if you were a member of that forum I’d recommend changing your password and filing for a name change at your local government department.
Okay so maybe it’s not that serious since most of that info can be found in the local white pages but it is disconcerting that these guys (gaming companies) keep on getting hacked
We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account. In an abundance of caution, we have changed your password to ensure account security.
We take the security of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on your EA account are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. We advise all of our fans to always be aware of any suspicious emails or account activity and report any suspicious emails and account activity to Customer Support at 1-877-357-6007.
Last Updated: June 24, 2011