Epic Games Forum Hacked, Once Again — Over 800,000 Gamers’ Data Stolen
August 24, 2016
Seid Yassin (367 articles)
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Epic Games Forum Hacked, Once Again — Over 800,000 Gamers’ Data Stolen

If you are a fan of Unreal Tournament from Epic Games or ever have participated in discussions on the online forums run by Epic Games, you possibly need to change your forum password as soon as possible.

It seems the Unreal Engine and its creators, Epic Games’ forums have recently been compromised by an unknown hacker or a group of hackers, who have stolen more than 800,000 forum accounts with over half a Million from the Unreal Engine’s forums alone.

The hackers get their hands on the forum accounts by exploiting a known vulnerability resided in an outdated version of the vBulletin forum software, which allowed them to get access to the full database.

Epic believes registration information that includes usernames, scrambled passwords, email addresses, dates of birth, IP addresses, and date of joining, may have been obtained in the attack.

“We believe a recent Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forum compromise revealed email addresses and other data entered into the forums, but no passwords in any form, neither salted, hashed, nor plaintext,” announcement on the Unreal Engine forum website reads.

However, ZDNet reports “their full history of posts and comments including private messages, and other user activity data from both sets of forums” have also been compromised.

Most of the stolen passwords are scrambled that can not be cracked easily, but hackers could exploit other stolen data to send phishing messages to forum members’ email addresses in an effort to infect their systems with ransomware or other malicious software.

Source | thehackernews