EA has confirmed that one of its oldest servers was attacked by cyber criminals and customer data such as name and phone number was stolen. Information such as names, phone numbers, CD keys, usernames, encrypted passwords, e-mail and mailing addresses and birthdates may have been compromised and the hack is along with any other information gamers may have associated with their EA acounts………..
Electronic Arts (EA) on Friday revealed that the company’s website has suffered a cyber attack leading to leak of user data and said this week that it’s continuing to investigate the intrusion. EA also says it has disabled potentially affected legacy BioWare accounts and reset passwords of any affected EA accounts. The company says anyone with a potentially affected account will receive an e-mail with more information. The company adds that the hackers did not get ahold of vital personal information such as credit card or social security numbers, but that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates could have been compromised. In other words, plenty of information that could be quite useful for phishing attempts. Bioware apologized for the breach, closing with a personal statement and some advice to go with it:
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.
If you have an account registered with game development studio BioWare, you may want to validate your personal information: the company confirmed that their decade-old Neverwinter Nights forums opened a backdoor to intruders, allowing some personal information to be stolen from their servers. This not only potentially affects your BioWare information, but your information with EA Games as well. BioWare was quick to confirm that no credit card details or payment information were lost during the recent hack. While attacks on high-profile gaming companies have been frequent of late, it’s good to know that this time nobody’s financial information has been breached. However, that’s not to say that BioWare’s servers got away unscathed. Information on a user database such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD Keys and birth dates were taking from the servers, meaning that if you have an account with BioWare or even an EA Games Account, you should immediately go there and reset your password.