BioWare Hacked, 18,000 Accounts Compromised

BioWare, the creator of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, has had its servers raided by hackers and the account details of around 18,000 customers have potentially been lifted.

BioWare's Aaryn Flynn writes on the company forums:

Yesterday (June 14), we learned that a hacker gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare community server system associated with the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers' data and launched an ongoing evaluation of the seriousness of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. However hackers may have obtained information such as user account names and passwords, email addresses, and birth dates of approximately 18,000 accounts—a very small percentage of total users. We have emailed those whose accounts may have been compromised and either disabled their accounts or reset their EA Account passwords. If you did not receive an email from us, or if your password still works for your EA account, your username and password were not compromised. Nevertheless, changing your password regularly is always helpful to protect your account.

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 the Neverwinter Nights forums are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing your 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 1-866-543-5435.

This. Is. Getting. Ridiculous.

Important Information for BioWare & EA Account Holders [BioWare]


    Oh my god whyyyyy would you even.


    What a fresh change of pace to log onto the net and see "X company hacked". I want to know what exactly these hackers are trying to prove. Or if it's simply a matter of "Hey i heard it was easy to hack into games companies servers! Who wants some fast cash?"

    F'in pathetic if you ask me.


    Don't fuck with hackers? I think the dev community learned their lesson. Less invasive/intrusive DRM will hopefully come of this

      What are you, an idiot?

        I love that the net seems to be heading back to the good old days...

        Someone just needs to work up the balls to destroy social networking and you-tube and the world will be a better place.

        Thank you for saying exactly what I was thinking, good Derp!

      last time i checked they did it for "lulz" not for what they think is right

        I think these people have no moral compass.

        Or brains.

        Or common sense.

        Or a life.

          It's butthurt reactions like this that make it so funny to them.

      Yep exactly, we should all bow down before the hackers...

    i find it rather funny that Microsoft has not been Hacked yet.

      That would seem a little self-defeating. If I were a hacker, it wouldn't make much sense to me to go after the very platform that 80% of games are served on...

      they have a re-routed hotline running, where people are calling in and requesting it could be a matter of time

      Maybe...maybe it IS Microsoft! I mean, have you ever seen Microsoft and the Hackers in the same room? The plot thickens...

        Well if I did see Microsoft and Hackers in the same room at the same time that would be a dead give away.

      Yet they hacked Sony - Guess who's biased!?

      Maybe because they actually put a bit of effort into their security? lol

    So over this kind of shit now. Seriously you fuckheads go and get girlfriends or something.

      I don't understand this!

    They should turn thier attention to those who deserve it, like that company that made dragon age 2...oh wait.

      Win. I salute you, sir.

    Really getting tired of this shit...

    I'm beginning to think that modern hackers don't like games.
    Maybe they are trying to tell us to get a real hobby like them?

    Maybe. . . The US government have recently been pushing hard introduce an internet kill switch along with tighter internet security, filters, restrictions and control.
    The vast majority opposed to these forms of control are the geeks, like you and me.
    So if hackers, like lulzsec, continue to attack sites us geeks like (like gaming sites) then us geeks will be more open to these forms of government control.

    Maybe lulzsec is the government ;)

      That's just crazy enough to make sense!


    Can you finish the set so we can return to business as usual?

    They're not impressing me.

    Godamnit I just bought some DLC for ME2 before I headed off to work...

    I think in a way this is actually great.
    OS manufacturers have been way too complacent about security for way too long, as have corporations. The general public have been way too trusting and free with their own information, and way too complacent with letting companies dictate where and how information is stored.
    Also practices like removing LAN play and only making multiplayer available over LIVE or PSN have been too readily accepted by the gaming public. (I'm looking at you Forza 3)

    The PSN outage and all these hackings will put pressure on the OS vendors to beef up security, pressure on corporations to keep up with patches and firewalls and security. It will make people think about giving over their personal information.
    It may put pressure on game devs to incorporate LAN play again so that we can continue to play multiplayer if there is a network outage.

    There are good outcomes here, these companies should not be so easily hacked, especially after the PSN debacle, you would expect them all to have gone ballistic securing their systems, and they haven't generally, but the continued attacks must be making them get off their bums and take it seriously.

    Having said that, the hackers do shit me though.

    Why are so many companies being hacked lately? What possible reason would they have other then to make fast cash and to fuck with us?

    They aren't making a point - they're doing it because they can. They want to feel powerful, they want to feel important. They have nothing going on in their social lives, so they do stuff like this. It gives them a real "james bond" vibe to their life of munching on cheetos in their mother's basement.

    Let's just stop paying attention to them. Let's let law enforcement deal with them.

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