Bethesda Softworks latest to suffer cyber attack

Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda Softworks has admitted it is the latest game company to deal with a cyber attack on its servers. The company's official blog site has posted word today that, "over the past weekend, a hacker group attempted an unlawful intrusion of our websites to gain access to data." The blog post adds that no personal info or financial info is believed to be exposed as part of this attack. However it added, " ... the hackers may have gained access to some user names, email addresses, and/or passwords."

The blog site states that as a precaution, people should change the passwords for the accounts they have on any Bethesda Softworks-owned site. That includes the recently launched game statistics web page for the recent first person shooter Brink. It adds, "We regret any inconvenience that these attacks on us cause for you. These attacks will be evaluated to determine if there are any additional protections we might take that would be prudent."

This is just the latest cyber attack against a game developer or publisher in the past couple of months. Confirmed cyber attacks on Nintendo (both America and Europe), Epic Games, Square Enix and others have been reported. The most serious attacks have occurred at Sony's Playstation Network which shut down for a month after a cyber attack on April 20. More recently, UK-based Codemasters suffered an attack that has caused the publisher to shut down its company web site and divert all its traffic to its Facebook web page.

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Friend of mine told me about them targeting Bethesda at dinner yesterday. He also mentioned Steam being next on the list...

Seeing that the Bethesda attack is in the news now, I really hope Valve is working to ensure their networks are secured as best as possible.

These guys need to get a damn life. I dont really care anymore... If they are trying to prove a point this is not the way to do it. What do you get for it huh? self fullfillment? yea this is the way to do it....Breaking into other peoples homes is the same as hacking into someones servers. You better smarten up you tards.

auziez said,
These guys need to get a damn life. I dont really care anymore... If they are trying to prove a point this is not the way to do it. What do you get for it huh? self fullfillment? yea this is the way to do it....Breaking into other peoples homes is the same as hacking into someones servers. You better smarten up you tards.

They probably just enjoy hacking

Chrono951 said,
I hope these losers know that everyone hates them and if they ever are revealed, they are gonna get killed.

I don't hate them. I find all this very amusing. Speak for yourself or if you ever reveal yourself, you are "gonna" get killed.

Why Bethesda? It's not an excessive database, it isn't a high-traffic monetary transaction site, and it's one of the really GOOD developers. I mean, if someone was just trying to get them to test their securities, sure, but really, now these hackers are just going for companies that are bound to make everyone else hate them.

smartin0115 said,
Why Bethesda? It's not an excessive database, it isn't a high-traffic monetary transaction site, and it's one of the really GOOD developers. I mean, if someone was just trying to get them to test their securities, sure, but really, now these hackers are just going for companies that are bound to make everyone else hate them.

because it may have been an easy target. even if it isnt a large database, getting a few thousand emails and passwords is worth it for hackers since most people arent smart enough to use different passwords for all of their accounts. all it takes is getting into one email account that has credentials on a shopping website and you get to go on a spending spree.

smartin0115 said,
Why Bethesda? It's not an excessive database, it isn't a high-traffic monetary transaction site, and it's one of the really GOOD developers. I mean, if someone was just trying to get them to test their securities, sure, but really, now these hackers are just going for companies that are bound to make everyone else hate them.

Why not go after Activision...

smartin0115 said,
Why Bethesda? It's not an excessive database, it isn't a high-traffic monetary transaction site, and it's one of the really GOOD developers. I mean, if someone was just trying to get them to test their securities, sure, but really, now these hackers are just going for companies that are bound to make everyone else hate them.

"Please find enclosed everything we took, excluding one thing -
200,000+ Brink users. We actually like this company and would
like for them to speed up the production of Skyrim, so we'll
give them one less thing to worry about. You're welcome! "

Gothic_Rebel said,

Too Big Too Secure ? Maybe, or that these hackers like ActivisionBlizzard.

Fail response. So I guess Sony, Nintendo, etc. wouldn't fall under the "too big too secure" umbrella you seem to equate with companies you view as large comparatively and your comment seems to suggest they wouldn't attack AvtivBlizz because they're big? If anything that'd be a reason to hack it.

To me this is not strange, I used to do this with a group back in my teens and we would deface/steal/hack whatever we found and it was normally Universities, Goverment Sites, Business Sites all the time. To me its just getting a lot of light and press probably because of the PSN attacks but this is normal flow for hacking groups.

laz45 said,
To me this is not strange, I used to do this with a group back in my teens and we would deface/steal/hack whatever we found and it was normally Universities, Goverment Sites, Business Sites all the time. To me its just getting a lot of light and press probably because of the PSN attacks but this is normal flow for hacking groups.

Back in the day (around 10 years ago) I used to develop anime websites and those were always targeted by script kiddies and such. You'd see waves of sites go down in a close time-frame as well. I wouldn't be surprised if some of those guys ended up growing up and targeting some of the very sites that are going down these past few months.

yodat said,
For better security this is necessary...

+1. A lot of sec engineers in my area are actually thankful for this. You spend all your time telling your boss that security should be taken more seriously but they wanna hear nothing about that : if it has only 10% chance of happening then we won't bother with it. Sometimes you actually want to hack your own company just to prove a point, sadly it's illegal.

this is starting to get old. kids need to go play outside again or do something more productive. at this point the FBI really should get involved as this is getting out of hand.

ILikeTobacco said,
this is starting to get old. kids need to go play outside again or do something more productive. at this point the FBI really should get involved as this is getting out of hand.

Im sure the FBI is already involved and don't worry they have a gang of their own hackers who are just as good as these Anon guys.

ILikeTobacco said,
this is starting to get old. kids need to go play outside again or do something more productive. at this point the FBI really should get involved as this is getting out of hand.

well in my head I look at the evidence and kinda get a profile on these guys..

They hack game websites so most likely guys in their 20's - 25
They hacked canada government website for conservatives.. so most likely Canadian and anti-conservative..
Why no hack on the US government? These are some guys that are NDP/Liberal middleage nerd guys from canada