The War Z Taken Offline After Security Breach

April 2, 2013 -

The Zombie survival MMO The War Z has been taken offline after an unknown hacker mucked about in the game's database and compromised personal player data, according to a message from publisher OP Productions. The message, which appears when you try to go to the War Z forums tells players that the game has been taken down and that the hack is being investigated. The publisher also says that those who might have been affected by the hack have been informed.

According to OP, data that has been compromised includes player email addresses used for the forum login, forum passwords, email addresses used for game login, game passwords, in-game character names, player IP addresses and any other personal information players posted on the War Z forums. No payment information has been compromised.

OP advises all players to change their War Z passwords immediately.

"The security of your data is important to us and we want our players to be assured that we take this situation very seriously," the post reads. "We have taken steps to improve security to minimize the chance of this happening in the future and will continue to invest in improving security going forward."

"This has been a humbling experience for us. While we all know that there is no guaranty of security on the internet, our goal is to try our very best to protect your data. We sincerely apologize."

Source: Eurogamer

 

 


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Re: The War Z Taken Offline After Security Breach

This part bugs me a bit, although I haven't played WarZ to be able to verify it:

They claim that all that was obtained by the hacker was "player email addresses used for the forum login, forum passwords, email addresses used for game login, game passwords, in-game character names, player IP addresses and any other personal information players posted on the War Z forums." But not any payment information.

However, if WarZ is anything like Steam, you have the option of saving your CC info for easier purchases later, so if the hacker got the email addies for the game login and passwords wouldn't they possibly have access to payment information as well just by logging into the game? Granted it'd be opening a lot of ingame accounts just to see if player 'x' has ever bought anything from the company, but the chance is still there.

Re: The War Z Taken Offline After Security Breach

Ever logged into your Steam, Paypal, Battle.net, etc account and tried to get your own credit card number? You can only get your last four digits, sometimes the expiration date but usually not, and not the security code (though some payment processors don't require that).

Granted with email addresses and other personal information this is potentially enough to launch a pretty good phishing scam - when you already have part of the credit card number and people think they're just confirming it the success rate jumps. But even then, you need volume to get anywhere even with a good phishing scam.

The work being put in here and the potential list of targets is too small to get anywhere, it'll vanish into the already miniscule success rates of phising scams. Most likely when the hacker failed to get any payment information the first time, he moved on to a different target with a hopefully better yield.

Re: The War Z Taken Offline After Security Breach

If they were using an external payment service, such as Paypal or Amazon Payments, then they would not be storing any payment info themselves, just receipt codes.

Re: The War Z Taken Offline After Security Breach

As if it wasn't any more obvious that this game is nothing more than a cash grab attempt from the DayZ craze.

Re: The War Z Taken Offline After Security Breach

mmm they are taking steps to protect YOUR security everyone, and we can trust them on this for their word.  Where's my big Seems Legit sign?

Re: The War Z Taken Offline After Security Breach

"Really, who could have imagined that storing our passwords in a text file wasn't enough!"

Re: The War Z Taken Offline After Security Breach

Oh, THIS is a humbling experience. Releasing a horribly shoddy, downright broken product, and getting it laughed off of Steam wasn't, but THIS?

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.
 
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