Thousands of Konami and Bohemia Interactive accounts affected by cyber-attack
It is definitely worrying that several gamemakers have been hit by cyber-attacks this month, and that the attacks don’t seem to be stopping. Following reports of hackers breaking into Ubisoft’s website and Nintendo’s Club Nintendo site, Konami has revealed that their website was broken into, potentially compromising thousands of customer accounts.
The publisher caught on to the attack earlier this week when it detected 35,252 unauthorized logins on its Konami ID site from a little under 4 million login attempts that took place between June 13 and July 7. These logins, Konami said, were made via IDs and passwords “that appear to have been leaked from an external service provider.”
Although Konami has taken measures to block the unauthorized IDs and passwords, the damage from the attacks appears to be considerable, with users’ names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, and email address potentially exposed to the hackers. On a brighter note, the publisher assured that "No changes to customers' personal information, or unauthorized usage of paid services, have been detected.”
Along with Konami, Bohemia Interactive has announced that personal information has been illicitly removed from its user database. “We have unfortunately discovered that an illegal attempt has been made to access certain of our online websites, leading to the download of a database containing usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords," the studio wrote.
Luckily, as the passwords are encrypted, the hackers won’t likely be able to do much of anything with the information, according Bohemia. The developer went on to say that things like credit card info were safe from attack since they were stored on its own servers.
In the wake of the attacks, both Konami and Bohemia have urged users to change their IDs as soon as possible, with users on Bohemia’s site being unable to log in until they do so.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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