As hackers make free with their ninja skills, new broke today that Codemasters is the latest victim of hacking as the parade of companies to feel the wrath of these skilled digital ninjas. In an email sent out from Codemasters they list where they were compromised during the hacking incident on June 3rd..
Access to the Codemasters corporate website and sub-domains.
DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page
Access to the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page.
The Codemasters EStore
We believe the following have been compromised: Customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order history. Please note that no personal payment information was stored with Codemasters as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion.
Codemasters CodeM database
Members’ names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, date of birth, encrypted passwords, newsletter preferences, any biographies entered by users, details of last site activity, IP addresses and Xbox Live Gamertags are all believed to have been compromised.
Whilst we do not have confirmation that any of this data was actually downloaded onto an external device, we have to assume that, as access was gained, all of these details were compromised and/or stolen.
The Codemasters.com website will remain offline for the foreseeable future with all Codemasters.com traffic re-directed to the Codemasters Facebook page instead. A new website will launch later in the year.
Given that this took place on the 3rd I still look at this notification as rather prompt given that they probably took a good deal of time investigating the matter and finding out the where, when, and what was broken into and/or taken/looked at. Following the list and I will again quote them as it’s pretty sound advice, even though by now with events at Sony and so on, we’re pretty aware of what we ourselves need to do…
For your security, in the first instance we advise you to change any passwords you have associated with other Codemasters accounts. If you use the same login information for other sites, you should change that information too.. Furthermore, be extra cautious of potential scams, via email, phone, or post that ask you for personal or sensitive information. Please note that Codemasters will never ask you for any payment data such as credit card numbers or bank account details, nor will Codemasters ask you for passwords or other personal identifying data. Be aware too of fraudulent emails that may outwardly appear to be from Codemasters with links inviting you to visit websites. The safest way to visit your favourite websites is always by typing in the address manually into the address bar of your browser.
Unfortunately, Codemasters is the latest victim in on-going targeted attacks against numerous game companies. We assure you that we are doing everything within our legal means to track down the perpetrators and take action to the full extent of the law.
So check your gears kids and make sure to change your passwords where needed, and try to refrain from using the same password and email for everything. Most of you probably already know that but it bears repeating and I doubt this is the last such notification we’ll see coming from the industry. Codemasters will continue their community management and associated activites via their Facebook page. Lets hope we see the end of these incidents, it’s all fun and games till someone looses their identity!
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