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A rash of hacks in the past two months has left the usernames, s and passwords from at least twelve gaming forums compromised, including those of Unreal creator Epic Games and Secret World developer Funcom. Other breaches include a GTA fansite and, as ly reportedthe official forums of Dota 2.
All the attacks involved an exploit in the forum's software, which the hackers used to hoover up details of members. And while the passwords are encrypted, they can often be easily cracked. In total, over 9 million user s have had their details stolen. In all, just over 9. Some s are likely to be dummies, and many will be set up for a one-off use.
But this will be of little consolation to genuine members. Many of the hacks have been discovered at different times over the past few weeks. Epic Games owned up to the breach on Monday last week, for example, while Funcom posted an announcement on Wednesday.
The official Dota 2 forums were hacked funcom forums July 10, according funcom forums Leaked Source. Given that the forum software in question - vBulletin - is still widely used by other games sites, there may be other victims who have yet to discover a security breach.
The problem is that a new exploit has been discovered in the software, allowing hackers to wiggle in that's our technical term. Not only that but another exploit still exists on older, unpatched versions of the forums. Insecurity firm Imperva found that 35, websites had been breached thanks to this software flaw. Nevertheless, vBulletin remains a popular way for games companies to host their communities — in fact, we use it ourselves at RPS. But we hope that funcom forums are double-checking their own systems, if they haven't already.
We called in the Nerd Squad to patch our own forums too, so hopefully there'll be no embarrassment awaiting us. Targeting websites using vBulletin might have suddenly become en vogue among cyber criminals newly knowledgeable about the old exploit, or they may have been happening for years and we are only learning about it now. What is clear is that developers and publishers who are still operating on the flawed versions of the forum software need to give themselves a health check to see if they have been a victim, while also patching any vulnerabilities out.
Gaming websites are not the only targets, however. So far it seems like the hackers are going after sites with particularly high member counts.
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Million s Compromised In Epidemic Of Forum Hacks: Funcom, Epic, And More