Blizzard Hacked! - TechAmok
Blizzard Hacked! - [briefly]
08:17 PM EDT - Aug,09 2012 - post a comment
Blizzard is letting players know
that their internal network has been hacked, and that Battle.net users should change their passwords and security questions.
Players and Friends,
Even when you are in the business of fun, not every week ends up being
fun. This week, our security team found an unauthorized and illegal
access into our internal network here at Blizzard. We quickly took
steps to close off this access and began working with law enforcement
and security experts to investigate what happened.
At this time, we've found no evidence that financial information such
as credit cards, billing addresses, or real names were compromised. Our
investigation is ongoing, but so far nothing suggests that these pieces
of information have been accessed.
Some data was illegally accessed, including a list of email addresses
for global Battle.net users, outside of China. 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.
We also know that cryptographically scrambled versions of Battle.net
passwords (not actual passwords) for players on North American servers
were taken. We use Secure Remote Password protocol (SRP) to protect
these passwords, which is designed to make it extremely difficult to
extract the actual password, and also means that each password would
have to be deciphered individually. As a precaution, however, we
recommend that players on North American servers change their password.
Please click this link to change your password. Moreover, if you have
used the same or similar passwords for other purposes, you may want to
consider changing those passwords as well.
In the coming days, we'll be prompting players on North American
servers to change their secret questions and answers through an
automated process. Additionally, we'll prompt mobile authenticator
users to update their authenticator software. As a reminder, phishing
emails will ask you for password or login information. Blizzard
Entertainment emails will never ask for your password. We deeply regret
the inconvenience to all of you and understand you may have questions.
Please find additional information here.
We take the security of your personal information very seriously, and
we are truly sorry that this has happened.
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