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:
I see Codemasters have been hacked now. Luckily the hackers already have all my details from my PS3…
— Sam Robson (@Sam_Robson) June 10, 2011
In response, Codemasters has shut down its website – obviously fearful that it could…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.