Codemasters warns customers after hackers steal data

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Codemasters, the UK-based video game development company, has fallen foul of hackers, who have broken into their network and stolen customer information.

In an email sent to customers, Codemasters explained that the intrusion was detected on Friday June 3rd, and users are urged to change their online passwords and keep an eye open for scams which might exploit the stolen information.

Names, addresses, usernames, dates of birth, telephone numbers, gamer tags, and encrypted passwords are just some of the pieces of information stolen by the hackers. Fortunately, the firm assures customers that credit card information was not included in the hackers’ haul, but the data which was exposed would be of value to phishers and other online criminals.

It’s clearly a serious problem, even if some online gamers are trying to see the funny side:

In response, Codemasters has shut down its website – obviously fearful that it could…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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