Codemasters joins Sony in data breach disaster

Game developer says tens of thousands of users had personal data stolen off its servers

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Codemasters joins Sony in data breach disaster Cyber-criminals have hacked into gaming developer Codemasters' servers and have stolen tens of thousands of users' personal data.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 13, 2011

Gaming developer and publisher, Codemasters, is the latest victim of a major cyber-attack, according to the Associated Press.

Tens of thousands of people had their personal data, including names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth stolen from the Codemasters servers last Friday. IP addresses, XBox gamer tags and biographies were also stolen.

The company's website is currently offline and is redirecting users to the Codemasters Facebook page.

The company said that it has emailed every customer ever registered on the site in the wake of the breach, but added that no payment details had been compromised.

Codemasters sent a letter offering apologies for the data breach to customers and urged site users to be extra cautious of scams.

Codemasters publishes games for all platforms including Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, Sony Playstation Portable, Nintendo DS, PC-DVD and Nintendo Wii and mobile phone games.

"Unfortunately, Codemasters is the latest victim in ongoing targeted attacks against numerous game companies," the company told recipients of the letter.

"We assure you that we are doing everything within our legal means to track down the perpetrators and take action to the full extent of the law. We apologise for this incident and regret any inconvenience caused. We are contacting all customers who may have been affected directly."

Website users were also urged to change any passwords that are associated with other Codemasters accounts.

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