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Hackers Steal Members' Personal Info From Codemasters Site
Hackers Steal Members' Personal Info From Codemasters Site
June 10, 2011 | By Eric Caoili

June 10, 2011 | By Eric Caoili
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Following a string of online security breaches for video game publishers, Codemasters has revealed that hackers broke into its site and gained access to its members' personal information last week.

UK-based Codemasters investigated the extent and scope of the June 3rd attack, and says the hackers were able to access its corporate site and sub-domains, its Dirt 3 VIP code redemption page, and more.

It believes that member data from its EStore was compromised, including customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords, and order histories -- though Codemasters claims personal payment details were not stored or at risk.

The firm admitted that its CodeM database was breached, too, allowing access to member names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, date of birth, encrypted passwords, newsletter preferences, user biographies, IP address, and Xbox Live Gamertags.

Codemasters says it cannot confirm if the hackers actually downloaded all of this information, but it is erring on the side of caution and assuming that all this data was compromised and/or stolen.

As soon as the company detected the intrusion, it pulled Codemasters.com and associated web services offline to prevent any further damage. It is currently redirecting site visitors to its Facebook page, and will launch a new site later this year.

The DiRT and Overlord publisher advises that users to change their passwords associated with Codemaster accounts, and watch for potential scams asking for their personal or sensitive information. Codemasters says it it is contacting all customers who may have been affected.

This intrusion is the latest in a recent string of online attacks on gaming companies, including hacks against Nintendo and Sony, the latter forcing the company to take down its PlayStation Network service for around a month.


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Craig Page
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Maybe they're not Code Masters after all...

Philip Michael Norris
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lol

Jeffrey Crenshaw
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Man, can anyone with a background in network security explain to me why it seems so easy lately to hack into sensitive information at large companies?

David Baron
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I don't consider myself a sec comp specialist but I did work on a couple of PCI projects for a financial institution and I have a security cert.

And from what I'm seeing, the pwning of PSN was a proof of concept that the videogame industry in general is not security minded.



And as more and more companies are gearing towards clouding, online DRM schemes and micro-payment solutions, they will become potential easy targets.



I can garantee that the IDSes @ Zynga, Blizzard and etc are currently buzzing with hits.

Chris Melby
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Great, first an email from Codemasters and now Epic...

Joseph Caddell
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I'm scared for dear life for my Steam....so many games I own...

Chris Melby
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At least with steam, even if someone gets your username and password, they can't access your games without an email password verification. So unless the hacker lives near you, can go to your comp to check your email, then back to their comp with the received password, you should be fairly safe.

Andrew Long
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The title is wrong. Nothing was stolen. At worst, some details may have been copied. Nobody knows for sure. What is known, someone at Codemasters thinks someone poked around in their system. That might not even be true. But for sure, nothing stolen. So can't use the world "steal" unless you're just being inflammatory in the title.


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