If you have an account registered with game development studio BioWare, you may want to validate your personal information: the company confirmed today that their decade-old Neverwinter Nights forums opened a backdoor to intruders, allowing some personal information to be stolen from their servers. This not only potentially affects your BioWare information, but your information with EA Games as well.
BioWare was quick to confirm that no credit card details or payment information were lost during the recent hack. While attacks on high-profile gaming companies have been frequent of late, it’s good to know that this time nobody’s financial information has been breached. However, that’s not to say that BioWare’s servers got away unscathed.
Information on a user database such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD Keys and birth dates were taking from the servers, meaning that if you have an account with BioWare or even an EA Games Account, you should immediately go there and reset your password. Go and do that now, we’ll wait. Good? Okay, let’s move on.
Bioware apologized for the breach, closing with a personal statement and some advice to go with it:
We take the security of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on your EA account are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. We advise all of our fans to always be aware of any suspicious emails or account activity and report any suspicious emails and account activity to Customer Support at 1-877-357-6007.
As more features with gaming are becoming integrated with mainstream online structures, it seems gamers have most of their identity ready to be taken in the digital era of the internet. We here at Game Rant would like to remind you that it’s always best to use different passwords on each website and account you make, so that in the case of a data breach, you won’t be in jeopardy everywhere else as well. Gaming is a great part of life, and it’s a shame people will use that to try and gain financial or personal advantage at another’s expense.
As previously mentioned, you can go right here to reset your EA Games Account, or alternatively check out their FAQ section about the breach which may answer some of your question. BioWare is conducting a ‘thorough investigation’ of the breach and will hopefully have some more answers up soon!
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