Codemasters, Epic & Nintendo all hacked within a weekend!

In what is turning out to be a cyber game of cat and mouse, surely all developers, publishers and platform developers are now seriously rethinking their existing network security policies and devices.

Over the course of this last weekend 3 of the industries best known names were subject to non-threatening attacks. Codemasters CodeM Portal was the first to go, releasing a statement which read:Codemasters apology email

Epic Games was also targeted and left a forum post from CEO Tim Sweeney to respond as to why the servers were no longer online:

Epic Forum Post from CEO

“Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked,” admitted Sweeney.
“We’re working on getting them back up and running and expect everything to be restored in a few days.

“The hackers likely obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plain text passwords weren’t revealed, but short or common passwords could be obtained by brute-force attack. Therefore, we’re resetting all passwords.

“The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) has not been compromised,” added Sweeney.
“None of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other sensitive customer data.”

And finally, even our favourite Italian plumber couldn’t escape, with a suspected phishing scam being run across the Nintendo Club sites resulting in their closure:

The world is going crazy but fortunately none of these attacks appear to be of a malicious nature in the same vein as the Sony hacks last month. But all companies not only in the gaming industry, but all that have an online presence or focus must surely be investigating their systems to ensure they are up to scratch….?

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