Bethesda Softworks' forums hacked

Bethesda Softworks has suffered a new hack attack, this time on its message board forums, just a few months after it suffered a hack attack on other web sites it operates. VG247.com reports that Bethesda Softworks informed users of its message boards via an email, saying that the breach occurred sometime in the morning of August 12. The company decided to reset all of the passwords used by its forum members "in the event that any encrypted forum user passwords were compromised." People can set up a new password by going through the steps after clicking on the "‘I’ve forgotten my password link" selection in the message board's login box. There's no word on which hacker group might be responsible for the attack.

Obviously if a forum member has also used the same password on other message boards or web sites it could also be used at those locations. Bethesda said in its email, "We recommend you do not use your old password or a password you have used for other sites. Further, if your old forum password was used for any other online purposes, we recommend changing the password on those accounts as well."

Last June, Bethesda Softworks suffered from a hack attack on web sites related to the recently released first person shooter Brink from developer Splash Damage. At the time the hacker group LulzSec claimed responsibility for the attack where some personal info was lifted. However no financial info was taken as a result of the attack.

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This is why it is important this article made it to front page... this email was on my undesired email folder...LOL.


Dear Bethesda Forum User,

We have identified a potential breach of our forum user database that occurred Friday morning, Aug 12. We have reset your forum password as a precaution, in the event that any encrypted forum user passwords were compromised.

When you next try to login to the forums, your old password will not work. Click the "I've forgotten my password link" underneath the login boxes, and follow the steps to setup a new password for your account.

We recommend you do not use your old password or a password you have used for other sites. Further, if your old forum password was used for any other online purposes, we recommend changing the password on those accounts as well.

If you have any concerns, visit the following link:
http://www.bethsoft.com/eng/contact_email.php

Adequate said,
That's what you get for being a bully and suing the Minecraft crew over the word "scrolls".

Really? That sounds pretty childish to me.

You know, I am starting to get more and more annoyed of one thing thanks to all the hacked sites.
Why wont any sites let me delete my account? Just stop using it they say... Yea well my details including email and password is still in your database for anyone to grab if you get hacked.
Why should you have my details anyway if I'm not using your site? I can register again if I need to.

This has always annoyed me, it's annoying me more and more for every time I see some site get hacked. If I could I would have deleted my account on the Bethesda forums long ago as I don't actively use them anyway...

Leonick said,
You know, I am starting to get more and more annoyed of one thing thanks to all the hacked sites.
Why wont any sites let me delete my account? Just stop using it they say... Yea well my details including email and password is still in your database for anyone to grab if you get hacked.
Why should you have my details anyway if I'm not using your site? I can register again if I need to.

This has always annoyed me, it's annoying me more and more for every time I see some site get hacked. If I could I would have deleted my account on the Bethesda forums long ago as I don't actively use them anyway...

I agree but in the meantime use a password safe like Keepass and you can use randomly generated passwords on every site so when things like this happen it's no big deal since the hacker will get your login which can't be used on any other sites.

wow another site hacked, never a good thing...
like today i got an email from gomtv saying, "We have found that some of the user information from GOMTV.net has been compromised from the attack. We suspect that the following information might have been exposed: name, location (country), e-mail address, GOMTV.net nickname and password.... " it sucks since gomtv has so many users just to watch those starcraft tournaments.
but oh well, it sucks these people like LulzSec attacking sites with a no valid reason.

Really though, I don't think there has been a big increase in sites getting hacked, just and increased attention brought to it.

Simon- said,
I have never heard of this company, how is this noteable to make the front page news?

wow.... then i guess you dont play videogames?... fallout, brink, rage, the elder scrolls, and some more. thats why its in front page news, since its a famous videogame company.

These hackers just need to get a life. It's getting so old now it's not even funny anymore. You know, I am looking forward to this government Internet lockdown/I.D thing.

I bet that's because of their lawsuit against Mojang ^_^

anyway, how come noone posted "Everybody getting hacked" yet in the comments >_< ^_^'

SHADOW-XIII said,
I bet that's because of their lawsuit against Mojang ^_^

anyway, how come noone posted "Everybody getting hacked" yet in the comments >_< ^_^'

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Lucas said,
So what's the point of hacking a few forum users? Emails to sell to advertisers?

Probably more than half of the users use the same username/password for more than just the Bethesda forums.