EA server hacked, data stolen
EA says it discovered the intrusion on June 14th and that the cyber attack involved a breach of a system that hosts the BioWare Neverwinter Nights forum
Electronic Arts has confirmed that it has become a victim of a cyber attack which resulted in customer data being stolen.
The gaming giant claimed that it is investigating the intrusion and has put up some new information regarding the hack in its Q&A section on the website.
EA says it discovered the intrusion on 14 June and that the cyber attack involved a breach of a system that hosts the BioWare Neverwinter Nights forum. An excerpt from the FAQs that EA has put up says the following:
Q: How extensive was BioWare's data breach?
A: The only server system known to have been affected by the unauthorised attack was that supporting BioWare Edmonton's Neverwinter Nights forums.
Q: Why did this happen?
A: The server system associated with the Neverwinter Nights forums was the target of a highly sophisticated and unlawful cyber attack. While we have security controls in place, even the best software and processes can't keep up with hackers 100 percent of the time. We have moved swiftly to implement additional security controls to prevent this type of breach from happening again to secure your data and are conducting further evaluations now.'
EA has also confirmed that it has disabled "potentially affected legacy Bioware accounts" and has also reset passwords of any affected EA accounts. An email has been sent to users that may have a potentially affected account outlining more information.
The company added that the hackers did not get a hold of vital personal information such as credit card or social security numbers, however e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, usernames, passwords, CD keys and birth dates could have been compromised. This information can be used for phishing attempts.
No group has claimed responsibility for the cyber attack on EA's server as yet. The attack comes at a time when there have been organised attacks on game companies, banks and government bodies.