BioWare is reporting that one of its forums has been hacked and that thieves may have compromised the personal account data of 18,000 users. The good news, if there can be good news in a story about getting hacked, is that the information is very old.
While no financial data such as credit card data was stolen, BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn has warned affected forum users that their usernames, passwords, email addresses and birth dates may have been compromised. The user data was lifted from the Neverwinter Nights forum, according to BioWare.
Below is a statement from BioWare on the situation:
"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 information such as user account names and passwords, email addresses, and birth dates of approximately 18,000 accounts–a very small percentage of total users.
We have emailed those whose accounts may have been compromised and either disabled their accounts or reset their EA Account passwords. If you did not receive an email from us, or if your password still works for your EA account, your username and password were not compromised.
Nevertheless, changing your password regularly is always helpful to protect your account.
We take the secuity of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on the Neverwinter Nights forums are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing your 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 1-866-543-5435."
No one has claimed responsibility for the hack as of this writing.