BioWare Hacked, Data Taken from Decade-Old Forum
With hacker groups running around hacking whoever, no company is safe. BioWare is the latest target to get hacked, but it seems the hack was a bit different than others. You see, what was hacked was a decade-old community server handling a Neverwinter Nights forum. BioWare was quick to send out an email and post on the main forums about the attack, but you have to wonder exactly what was hoped to be gained by targeting such an old server. If you happened to have an account there, like I did, you should have received an email already prompting you to change your password. It comes from Aaryn Flynn, the Studio GM of BioWare Edmonton, which has you follow a link to reset your password. If you're wondering what all was taken, here is the official response in the email I received.
Yesterday (June 14), we learned that a hacker gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare community server system associated with the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers' data and launched an ongoing evaluation of the seriousness of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. However, hackers may have obtained your user account name and password, email address, country and date of birth, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account.
No credit card information was taken since BioWare never stored any of it, but your user name, password, and email address could be at risk. Flynn provides a link in the email for you to click to reset your password, so if you hadn't changed your passwords in about a decade, now would be a good time to do so. Sure, BioWare was hacked but if the target was a decade-old server, what was the real gain? At any rate, BioWare joins the ranks of companies getting hacked and hopefully the situation can be remedied soon.