The Latest Victim Of The Account Hacking Horde Is Epic Games

The Latest Victim Of The Account Hacking Horde Is Epic Games

Gears of War and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games now has something in common with Sony and Codemasters – the company was recently the target of hackers who may have stolen its customers’ personal data.

The intrusion into Epic’s web sites and forums appears to be on a much smaller scale than that of other recently hacked game companies. Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney said in a letter to its customers that “email addresses and encrypted passwords” may have been obtained by hackers. The company has reset those passwords and informed account holders via email.

“Thankfully, none of our websites ask for, or store, credit card information or other financial data,” Sweeney writes in his letter, assuring fellow game developers that the Unreal Developer Network was not compromised. Here’s the letter going out to affected Epic Games community members.

Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked. After some downtime, they’re back up and running now. The hackers may have obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plaintext passwords weren’t revealed, but it’s possible that those passwords could be obtained by a brute-force attack on the encrypted passwords. Therefore, we have reset all passwords. Your new password at the bottom of this message.

The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) hasn’t been compromised. Thankfully, none of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other financial data.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and appreciate everyone’s patience as we wrestle our servers back under control.

Tim Sweeney

Founder, Epic Games Inc

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

About this week’s data loss [Epic Games Forums]


    • Actually I hope this continues so these companies push harder for better security in the first place. The fact that it’s happening so often right now is just to demonstrate that the security they’re using is inadequate.

  • Codemasters was hacked too. Got an e-mail from them, tho I am not bothered about it as I don’t really go to there site, there store and VIP stuff for Dirt 3 was also compramised….

    The reson it is getting out of hand is becuse peeps are to relaxed. LolzSec, altho I don’t like what there doing, arew needed to get companys to actully start taking securaty seriesly again.

    • No, they are not needed. When some one devotes their life to being a pain the ass for the general population, it is about time for them to be removed from the gene pool.

      As much as Lulsec might claim that they did it to prove a point, I am pretty sure it is more likely they did it for fame.

  • I could make a joke here about hacking and Sony but I won’t because it’s too easy to do. Just like hacking Sony.

  • its so easy to “hack” a website, what really matters is the reason why they are doing it. Soon the good guys become the bad guys..

  • this is really getting out of hand now, it’s no longer a matter people showing weak security, it’s a form of cyber anarchy. Just reading the lulz sec twitter feed, and it looks like facebook is a target as well as they are using gained emails and passwords to gain access to the site and defacing accounts.
    I wish they were caught but this day in age in technology, trying to catch people who know their stuff and can go through like 50 different systems to prevent being back tracked to them.

  • My response to Sony’s hack was that enough people and you can do anything; that the solution was to not be such jerks that so many people want to hack you in the first place.

    But… Epic? Why would anyone hack Epic? Even if you’re not a big Gears fan like I’m not, it’s hardly as much overhyped garbage as Halo, and the Unreal engine is fantastic. God. This has definitely gone far beyond proving a point and straight onto just being dickweeds.

  • Good to see some origionallity from hackers, ‘oh lets hack another software company’. Like no one has ever done that before.
    Feels like one of those dumb fashion trends. Once one person does it, soon everyone follows suit.

  • Lets put it this way. Sony, codemasters and now Epic, soon it may even be Bungie. This is starting to look like a hackers revolution and it should be stopped. what is the bloody point? “Oh sure i get a few credit card numbers and some extra cash” they should bloody get a life and earn a living. I hope they all get caught this is getting way out of hand

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