Epic Games are the latest to be hacked

It seems that a day doesn't go by without another big company being hacked and having data stolen. Previously it was Codemasters and now it appears as though Epic games has fallen victim to a hacking attempt, this time affecting their web site and forums.

This time, the only personal data taken was some email addresses and encrypted passwords. Although the passwords were encrypted, Epic does warn its users that weaker passwords could still be broken. To that end, they've taken the decision to reset everyone's password anyway, just in case. If you had an account on Epic's forum and you used the same password elsewhere, it may well be worth ensuring you change it immediately.

Tim Sweeny, CEO at Epic Games, had this to say -

Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked. We're working on getting them back up and running, and expect everything to be restored in a few days.

The hackers likely obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plain text passwords weren't revealed, but short or common passwords could be obtained by brute-force attack. Therefore, we're resetting all passwords. If you have an account on the Epic Games forums, you can request to receive your new password by email it to the address we have on file for you.

The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) has not been compromised. None of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other sensitive customer data.

We're sorry for the inconvenience, and appreciate everyone's patience as we get our servers back under control.

The various hacking attempts going around at the moment don't seem to be letting up and well known hacker group LulzSec have even promised to hack Sony yet again later on today.

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Ok, does this yet start getting people's attention about the pitfalls of some technologies not being as secure as fanboys would like to believe, especially PHP servers and the rampant security holes in MySQL?

PHP even on IIS running outside the ASP.NET/FastCGI framework is dangerous, as Microsoft noticed the popularity of PHP running on IIS and finding it was the MAIN attack vector for IIS they moved to open the extensibility of the IIS framework that offers the security that inherent systems in IIS get to kill off this entry point.

You guys are stupid or what? Yeah, let's try to guess what company will be hacked next... Don't forget that they can get your personal info in the process. Well, i think it doesn't matter, right?

So glad to see gaming companies taking all these hits recently; gaming is horribly addictive and terrible for health from sitting all day.

s1k3sT said,
So glad to see gaming companies taking all these hits recently; gaming is horribly addictive and terrible for health from sitting all day.

It doesn't matter whether its bad for you or not, that doesn't give some stupid script kiddie the right to hack someone. "Ooohh herp derp gaming is bad lets hack game companies." No.

Pretty annoying considering the time and money wasted on these kind of things. You can argue for or against them but at the end of the day, it hurts our back pocket.

Midnight Mick said,
They only way to fix this is:
A - Tighten security
B - Catch the arse holes doing this & nuke them!

Thats it,
A - they NEVER would have thought of this one
B - The interwebz is a pretty hard place to catch someone who knows exactly what they are doing... and if they are intelligent enough to get into the computers they have done, they are quite possibly intelligent enough to hide themselves online

I got this email as well, which came as a bit of a disappointment. Sadly I get the feeling that these hacks are going to continue for some time yet. Hopefully things are going to be fixed though so that they become less frequent again.

MVE2 said,
Shame no info about the future games was stolen.
Why would they even want to do that? It's not like epic makes anything good anymore.

Blackhearted said,
Why would they even want to do that? It's not like epic makes anything good anymore.

Hah. Epic Games is amazing, and they build one of the best and most powerful engines for next-gen games. Even today no one knows the true potential of Unreal Engine 3, and how old is that engine now? 3 years old at least? Yet it's still more powerful than the latest engines to be built, and Epic doesn't make anything good anymore? Please.

Gears of War 3, BTW, which already has over 1 million pre-orders and constantly going up. What other game has ever had that kind of record? None that I can remember. Not Halo. Not Call of Duty. Not Battlefield. Nothing.

GollyJeeWizz said,

Hah. Epic Games is amazing, and they build one of the best and most powerful engines for next-gen games. Even today no one knows the true potential of Unreal Engine 3, and how old is that engine now? 3 years old at least? Yet it's still more powerful than the latest engines to be built, and Epic doesn't make anything good anymore? Please.

Gears of War 3, BTW, which already has over 1 million pre-orders and constantly going up. What other game has ever had that kind of record? None that I can remember. Not Halo. Not Call of Duty. Not Battlefield. Nothing.


for even creating the unreal 1 and 2 engines, epic goes in the history books by creating 2 of the finest engines of their times, both their times far ahead (same now with unreal 3 engine).
even for (just) giving us Unreal and Unreal Tournament we (the gamers) still owe Epic the respect they deserve.

GollyJeeWizz said,

Hah. Epic Games is amazing, and they build one of the best and most powerful engines for next-gen games. Even today no one knows the true potential of Unreal Engine 3, and how old is that engine now? 3 years old at least? Yet it's still more powerful than the latest engines to be built, and Epic doesn't make anything good anymore? Please.

Gears of War 3, BTW, which already has over 1 million pre-orders and constantly going up. What other game has ever had that kind of record? None that I can remember. Not Halo. Not Call of Duty. Not Battlefield. Nothing.

Engines != games. And games were what were mentioned in the post i quoted, and thus was what i was talking about. Yes, epic can make a decent engine. I wasn't denying that. I was pointing out how epic has made anything stand out in terms of games in years. Gears of war was ok at first(and was also one of the most broken pc ports ever seen), but now we've seen so many "glue your back to the nearest wall, peek and shoot" games that gears doesn't really mean much to me anymore.

Now if epic would make a new unreal, and make it proper then things could be diffferent. With "Proper" meaning absolutely nothing like that dumbed down, super consolified pos called UT3. If they did that then they might have a game worth purchasing for the first time in 7 years. But we know that will, unfortunately, never happen from these people.

Reacon said,
GASP! The passwords were encrypted!

+1 Epic Games.

By MD5 by the way they've worded their press release, with no salt I imagine

Minimoose said,

Hardly

They use a standard forum software, so I wouldn't necessarily criticise them for it. Besides, an MD5'd password is enough to put someone off, there are easier ways to compromise people's accounts than having to brute force each password (And due to MD5 collisions, there's no guarantee that you'll actually get their password).

MightyJordan said,
OK, place your bets! Which developer will be hacked next? I'll go with Capcom.

If it is capcom and people doing it are reading this, do EVERYONE A ****ING FAVOR! Just get in, get resident evil 1.5, get out and leak it online damnit!

MightyJordan said,
OK, place your bets! Which developer will be hacked next? I'll go with Capcom.

Activision Blizzard. Oh wait, they get hacked every day, nevermind.

Ryuujinjakka said,
any crysis that will happen this year people juust going to say it because of 2012 -_-' that is raelly lame
I love it how you spelt it 'crysis'. Can't wait till 2012 is over!