You Could Be At Risk: Blizzard’s Battle.net Hacked
Blizzard’s Battle.net Hacked
This just in: as of last night, Blizzard announced that Battle.net has been hacked and your information may be compromised. In other words, if you play Diablo, Starcraft or Warcraft, this concerns you and you should change your password immediately. Click here to be redirected to Battle.net
Apparently, Blizzard’s security team stumbled upon traces of illegal records on their networks. The security team managed to close it and keep it from continuing, but some information may have already been compromised. Every e-mail address outside of China has been collected (so please do change your password immediately). However, it is unsure as to how much information these hackers managed to obtain out of North American users. Blizzard announced that while passwords may not have been obtained, security questions could have. Do the math, somebody’s got your e-mail and security question, they can do a 360 on your account and call it their own.
As far as financial information, Blizzard says they have “found no evidence that financial information such as credit cards, billing addresses, or real names were compromised.” That doesn’t necessarily mean you can relax just yet, despite the fact that Blizzard seems to be dealing with this a bit too calmly. While they assure us players that nobody can access our passwords, if they were smart enough to access their networks, then they can figure out a password with the info they’ve got.
Here’s what Mike Morhaime (Co-founder and President) has to say regarding passwords:
“…cryptographically scrambled versions of Battle.net passwords (not actual passwords) for players on North American servers were taken. We use Secure Remote Password protocol (SRP) to protect these passwords, which is designed to make it extremely difficult to extract the actual password, which also means that each password would have to be deciphered individually. As a precaution, however, we recommend that players on North American servers change their password.”
I can’t stress this enough: change your password. In fact, you can do so by clicking here.
This has truly been a smack in the face for all MMOs, with Star Wars: The Old Republic being a big flop and now this. Just ask Sony how much it affected them.
You can learn more about the security breach through Blizzard’s security update here.
– Matthew A. Ramirez