Blizzard Confirms Hack Attempt

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 06:08 AM gHale

Blizzard’s internal network suffered a breach, but the “unauthorized and illegal access” is now closed off, and an investigation started.

While Blizzard is not a manufacturing automation company, it is just another example of attackers targeting a specific company and then getting into a system and attempting to garner as much information as possible. This time, it seems the company was able to catch the foes before losing too much data.

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“Some data was illegally accessed, including a list of email addresses for global users, outside of China,” said Blizzard’s Chief Executive Mike Morhaime. “For players on North American servers (which generally includes players from North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia) the answer to the personal security question, and information relating to Mobile and Dial-In Authenticators were also accessed. Based on what we currently know, this information alone is NOT enough for anyone to gain access to accounts.”

Cryptographically scrambled versions of passwords for players on North American servers also ended up stolen, so players should change their password.

They will also get a prompt to change their secret questions and answers, as well as to update the software for the authentication if they use one.

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