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Account Details Stolen in Blizzard Battle.net Hack

/ Aug 10th, 2012 No Comments

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Blizzard Entertainment informed its customers the company’s internal network security has been hacked. Account details for millions of players have been stolen in the breach.

The company believes no financial information such as credit card numbers was compromised. No evidence has been found that billing information or real names have been taken. The hackers did break into a list of e-mail addresses for Battle.net users outside of China.

Battle.net is the account management system gamers log in to when playing Blizzard games such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2 and Diablo 3.

Hackers also accessed personal security question information and other account authenticators for players in North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand,  and Southeast Asia.

The attackers also stole a list of passwords but Blizzard says it will be extremely difficult to unscramble the cryptography used to conceal the passwords. Even if hackers can break the Secure Remote Password protocol used by Blizzard, gamers have time to change their passwords before it is deciphered.

The company says the information stolen is likely not enough to allow unauthorized users to gain access to Battle.net accounts.

Nevertheless, Blizzard is encouraging Battle.net users to change their login information. It has already begun an automatic process to force gamers to change their security questions and update authenticators used on mobile devices or tablets. The investigation by Blizzard began when the breach was discovered by the company on Saturday and is still ongoing.

Blizzard also warned Battle.net users of phishing e-mails and stated the company will never ask for login information via e-mail. The e-mail list obtained could be used in a phishing attack to gain access to accounts. Hackers could also be planning to take virtual items acquired by players and turn it into real cash.

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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