Published on June 11th, 2011 | by Ben Gray0
Epic Games becomes latest victim of hacker’s attacksFirst Sony, then Codemasters, and now Epic Games is the latest developer to fall victim to the latest round of hack attacks on games websites that have been occurring recently. The site have sent out an e-mail to all of the members of their forums, informing them that the site and the forums were recently hacked, and that e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords may have been obtained in the attack. Here’s the e-mail that I received:
Dear [username], 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 IncAs mentioned in the e-mail, all the passwords in the forum have been reset as a result, and you should received your new password in your copy of the e-mail also. It makes you wonder what the hackers are trying to achieve with these attacks in the past few months; I think it has gone beyond the point of trying to prove something, and to be honest, these hackers deserve no praise or recognition for potentially screwing with thousands of gamers. I’ll keep you updated.