Runes of Magic publisher says it won’t be blackmailed by hacker

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Frogster, publisher of the popular “Runes of Magic” video game, says that they will not give in to the demands of a blackmailing hacker who has threatened to release personal information and payment details of customers.

Last month, a hacker calling himself Augustus87 posted a message on the Runes of Magic forum making a number of demands – including that staff should be treated more fairly and that security should be improved to protect the personal data of game players.

The message was quickly deleted, but some quick thinkers took a screenshot to capture it for posterity:

Part of the message read (the typos are the hacker’s own):

I HAVE ALREADY COMPROMISED ALMOST EVERY SYSTEM AND IM GOING TO SHUT THEM DOWN SERVER BY SERVER IF FROGSTER DOES NOT AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING REQUESTS:

#1 – NO CLOSED THREADS ANYMORE JUST…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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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