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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Wedged in a Midget

    Default Blizzard/Battlenet hacked and customer info taken

    Players and Friends,

    Even when you are in the business of fun, not every week ends up being fun. This week, our security team found an unauthorized and illegal access into our internal network here at Blizzard. We quickly took steps to close off this access and began working with law enforcement and security experts to investigate what happened.

    At this time, we’ve found no evidence that financial information such as credit cards, billing addresses, or real names were compromised. Our investigation is ongoing, but so far nothing suggests that these pieces of information have been accessed.

    Some data was illegally accessed, including a list of email addresses for global users, outside of China. 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.

    We also know that cryptographically scrambled versions of passwords (not actual passwords) for players on North American servers were taken. We use Secure Remote Password protocol (SRP) to protect these passwords, which is designed to make it extremely difficult to extract the actual password, and also means that each password would have to be deciphered individually. As a precaution, however, we recommend that players on North American servers change their password. Please click this link to change your password. Moreover, if you have used the same or similar passwords for other purposes, you may want to consider changing those passwords as well.

    In the coming days, we'll be prompting players on North American servers to change their secret questions and answers through an automated process. Additionally, we'll prompt mobile authenticator users to update their authenticator software. As a reminder, phishing emails will ask you for password or login information. Blizzard Entertainment emails will never ask for your password. We deeply regret the inconvenience to all of you and understand you may have questions. Please find additional information here.

    We take the security of your personal information very seriously, and we are truly sorry that this has happened.

    Mike Morhaime

  2. #2
    Normal User
    Join Date
    Nov 2008


    oddly enough this makes me want to pick starcraft back up

    R A I N B O W Z

  3. #3
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    Join Date
    Dec 2006


    I dont think any of us are aware, just how deep the Chinese hacking rabbit hole goes.

    I remember a quote from some Chinese General, or even their president himself or some shit like that, some high up dude:
    "The next world war will be all about hacking" or something along those lines.
    Hes totally right too...

    Everything is networked, and more stuff is being added to the network all the time.. Control the network or get access to it, you can do what you like almost.
    Last edited by KoKane; 08-10-2012 at 06:38.

  4. #4
    Normal User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009


    The scary thing is, you might think 'oh don't worry, our energy grid and nuke network is on a closed network'. But the USA proved that it doesnt matter because we were able to infiltrate an iranian nuclear plant and plant devices and software to attack their system even though it was closed.

    So basically nothing is safe.
    -Kael Trighton-

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Arizona, Phoenix


    You know.. I made the mistake of creating my WoW account under a separate e-mail and when i wanted to change to my main e-mail, I couldn't do it.. Apparently someone had used my e-mail for a WoW account and I constantly get e-mails from blizzard under that e-mail.. (lol?) Nobody has access to my e-mail but me, and currently, the account is being investigated for some BS (I guess the guy who made the account under my e-mail wanted to sell it..)

    Anyways, I still want my e-mail cleared of this account.. It's MY e-mail, not his (whoever it may be..)

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