Epic Games goes public over website hack

Gears of War, by Epic GamesThe likes of Sony, Codemasters and Nintendo have been in the news lately for receiving the unwanted attention of hackers – and now another video game developer has announced that it has been hacked.

Epic Games, the developer of hit games such as “Gears of War”, found that its website and forums had been broken into and that forum users’ email addresses could have been stolen.

In addition, encrypted passwords were also taken by the intruders – making the cracking of credentials for members with shorter passwords through brute force methods a possibility.

On Friday 9 June, a statement by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney was posted on the company’s discussion forum, describing what had happened and advising users that their passwords had been reset by the firm as a precaution.

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Epic Games statement

Even if you’re not a customer of Epic Games, it’s time to wake up to the need for safer passwords. And safer means no longer using short sequences (“123456”) or dictionary words (“password”) or the same password that you use on other websites.

Here’s a YouTube video showing you how to choose a hard-to-crack, unique password:


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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