With the addition of Battle.net and authenticators, one would think that the age of mass password hacks would be over, sadly they are not. With virtual gold that’s often times worth more than some actual real world currencies, hacking a World of Warcraft or Diablo account can be worth a lot of REAL money. For instance in China, the average person is currently making around 665 Yuans a month or $104 U.S. (source) . This would mean that the theft of $100,000 WOW gold could net a Blizzard account pirate a month’s pay in China (as the average exchange rate is $10 for 10,000 WOW gold). If no market existed, the hacking wouldn’t be half as bad as it is today
Zero Cool and his band of Roller-Blade wearing hacker-misfits have struck again! The bad news is that within the past few weeks both Codemasters (Dirt) and Epic Games (Gears of War) have had their sites hacked! Ironically, If you tuned in to Cliff Bleszinski’s chat on Redban yesterday he stated quite openly that he believed “…the future of terrorism is cyber-terrorism“. Codemasters, who had their site hacked on June 3rd, led to customer names, IP addresses, physical addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order histories being snatched up by hackers. Here is what Codemaster’s CM had to say. “As soon as the intrusion was detected, we immediately took codemasters.com and associate web services offline in order to prevent any further intrusion, During the days since the attack we… have regrettably discovered that the intruder was able to gain access to [the data]”
Epic Games, also suffered a similar attack recently by a band of brazen hackers. Thankfully the folks at Epic don’t ever ask for your credit card info (thanks!). Here is what Epic founder Tim Sweeny had to say .
“Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked. After some downtime, they’re back up and running now.
The hackers may have obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plaintext passwords weren’t revealed, but it’s possible that those passwords could be obtained by a brute-force attack on the encrypted passwords. Therefore, we have reset all passwords. Your new password at the bottom of this message.
The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) hasn’t been compromised. Thankfully, none of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other financial data.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and appreciate everyone’s patience as we wrestle our servers back under control.
Founder, Epic Games Inc”
Long ago I was the victim of a hack on my clan’s personal page (he was a Turkish hacker). It was incredibly frustrating because I had no clue how to stop it from happening again. Hats off to the folks at Epic and Codemasters for their speedy and honest reaction to the hack. Keeping my fingers crossed that this trend stops very soon. On a very selfish note, I’d hate to see some future games get delayed because of the actions of a few roller-thugs. Hackers do wear skates and lots of leather right?