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Codemasters online DB hacked. User info (passwords, addresses, emails, etc) stolen.

Lord JezoLord Jezo Registered User regular
edited June 2011 in Games and Technology
The online hacking party continues. Seems like no one is safe anymore.

Here's the info they just sent out.
Dear valued Codemasters customer,

On Friday 3rd June, unauthorised entry was gained to our
website. As soon as the intrusion was detected, we immediately took and associated web services offline in order to prevent
any further intrusion.

During the days since the attack we have conducted a thorough
investigation in order to ascertain the extent and scope of the breach
and have regrettably discovered that the intruder was able to gain
access to the following: website

Access to the Codemasters corporate website and sub-domains.

DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page

Access to the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page.

The Codemasters EStore

We believe the following have been compromised: Customer names and
addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and
order history. Please note that no personal payment information was
stored with Codemasters as we use external payment providers, meaning
your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion.

Codemasters CodeM database

Members' names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, date of birth,
encrypted passwords, newsletter preferences, any biographies entered by
users, details of last site activity, IP addresses and Xbox Live
Gamertags are all believed to have been compromised.

Whilst we do not have confirmation that any of this data was actually
downloaded onto an external device, we have to assume that, as access
was gained, all of these details were compromised and/or stolen.

The website will remain offline for the foreseeable
future with all traffic re-directed to the Codemasters
Facebook page instead. A new website will launch later in the year.


For your security, in the first instance we advise you to change any
passwords you have associated with other Codemasters accounts. If you
use the same login information for other sites, you should change that
information too. Furthermore, be extra cautious of potential scams, via
email, phone, or post that ask you for personal or sensitive
information. Please note that Codemasters will never ask you for any
payment data such as credit card numbers or bank account details, nor
will Codemasters ask you for passwords or other personal identifying
data. Be aware too of fraudulent emails that may outwardly appear to be
from Codemasters with links inviting you to visit websites. The safest
way to visit your favourite websites is always by typing in the address
manually into the address bar of your browser.

Unfortunately, Codemasters is the latest victim in on-going targeted
attacks against numerous game companies. We assure you that we are doing
everything within our legal means to track down the perpetrators and
take action to the full extent of the law.

We apologise for this incident and regret any inconvenience caused.

We are contacting all customers who may have been affected directly.

Should you have any concerns or wish to speak to a member of our
Customer Services team, please email them at

I have no idea what my account information is there, I signed up a long time ago about some upcoming space MMO that never got released, now I wonder what information was stolen. The website is down for the foreseeable future so I can't even go request information about what was taken.


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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Yep I just got that email too. This is starting to piss me off.

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  • EchoEcho Where da waaagh at? Moderator mod
    edited June 2011
    Well, I give them credit for being honest about it and informing customers fairly quickly.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Hmm a week delay. What's with companies doing that?

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    urahonky wrote: »
    Hmm a week delay. What's with companies doing that?

    I would imagine its half trying to asses what happened and if they can fix it before anyone finds out

    and the other half is writing the customer letter and the press release

    wiki game list so you can remember what you signed up for

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