Ubisoft website hacked, account information compromised

June 25th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Data breaches have been penetrating at a rapid pace and when it comes to websites, they are not strangers to data breach incidents. The latest one to be affected by breach is Ubisoft.

The server of Ubisoft, the game developer behind the great success of “Assassin’s Creed” and “Far Cry” was hacked and a database containing log-in names, email addresses and passwords of the users was accessed illegally by the hackers.

Following the consequences, the firm had closed all the access to their server and started a thorough investigation. All the users were requested to change their passwords and email address.

Ubisoft officials stated “Out of an abundance of caution, we also recommend that you change your password on any other website or service where you use the same or a similar password,”Looking on the positive side, none of the personal payment data of the user was stored on the website, so there was no scope of debit or credit card information data breach. However, email addresses, user names and encrypted passwords were at danger.

Richard Henderson, a security researcher for Fortinet, a cyber security firm, said some major gaming companies are under the watch of hackers who intend to steal account details of users.

An Email by Richard said “All of this info is quite valuable in the ‘virtual gold’ and account markets.”

There may be a possibility that database information of users were not compromised, but still dealing with data breach of this nature proved to be a great challenge for users. In the case of data breach,it is easy for hackers to gain access of the passwords, as a result people using the same username and passwords for other websites would have to pay for this unintentional mistake. Users may end up with spam mails in their inbox associated with the stolen e-mail address.

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