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    Obscure Node cybrbrnt's Avatar
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    So Bioware forums were hacked.

    Just got an email saying that their decade old servers were hacked, but they say no credit card information was stolen. User data such as email addresses and passwords were compromised as well as CD keys though.
    Last edited by cybrbrnt; 24-06-2011 at 08:04 AM. Reason: I should also add that they specified that it was the Neverwinter Nights forums and that they automatically reset passwords.

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    Yep, same here. On all three of my accounts. (Yeah, I used to love NWN with an unhealthy passion.)
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    I never played NWN......so not entirely sure why I (and others) should be affected by this, yet we are.

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    Mhmm, my Dragon Age Origins stuff wasn't hacked, only the email addresses I used for NWN. (Never registered Planescape or BG).

    Jade Empire maybe? Anyway. Should we make a betting pool who's next in line?
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    Hmm, first one of these that affected me. Think I had to sign up there for some Mass Effect 1 DLC. Oh well.

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    When will the madness end?

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    It was real? I don't remember using the NWN forums, yet the e-mail only referred to that, so I deleted it.

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    Got an email as well. Thunderbird said it might be a scam email. Here is the full text in case anybody cares:

    We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the
    decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights
    forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our
    consumers' data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the
    breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised
    from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like
    social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information
    such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing
    addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from
    accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other
    information (if any) that you may have associated with this forum
    account. In an abundance of caution, we have disabled your legacy
    Account. To create a new account please visit social.bioware.com.

    We take the security of your information very seriously and regret
    any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email
    address and/or password on your Neverwinter Nights account are
    similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the
    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
    1-877-357-6007.

    If you have questions, please visit our FAQ at
    http://support.ea.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5367/ or contact
    Customer Support at the phone number above.


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    The scamming part is an interesting theory, but one I can definitely void - one of the emails came to an email-address I never used anywhere else for any purposes. I'm amazed it still existed and that the autoforward still works!

    It was a charactername@guildname.dk address, and so obscure that during the eight years of it's existence, it never attracted a single mail of spam. We only used it for our Guild's Stronghold, which we redesigned as a NWN shard for guildmeetings.


    Hmmm. With all those emails of ours running around, what I would do is send out fake beta-invites to these. It's definitely something we'll need to watch out for. :(
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    It did indeed look mightily dodgy, but I couldn't seem to access my bioware account until I went and reset my password (which I did by going direct to the ea site instead of using the link in the mail.....god knows why they would send something out that looks so 'phishy').

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    It's official. I did the reset and everything and it went through the usual security measures and took me all the way back to origins to re-sign in, and the password had changed. I presume it was another case of the sad sad wankers at lulzsec again. I'm rather hoping that Seal Team Six are the ones who get to 'secure' them when the Sword of Damocles eventually falls.
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    Received the same here, and yep looks phishy but is genuine.

    Usual suspects don't appear to be boasting just yet.

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    Reset my password and was told "Your Profile is 25% complete - why not tell us more?

    NO THANK YOU

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    Oddly I don't recall linking my old Bioware account with my EA/Origin one.
    When I tried to reset my password it started it for the one my battlefield/C&C4(/shudder) are linked to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanilla bear View Post
    Reset my password and was told "Your Profile is 25% complete - why not tell us more?

    NO THANK YOU
    I burst out laughing at that point.

    Also, this bit in the email: "nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from accounts on the system may have been compromised"

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    Old NWN fanatic here (scripted & ran a site for 6 years).
    Never ordered anything from EA, though, so no info besides an encrypted password which I've changed.

    EDIT: but hold on, that was the EA forums, not the old NWN forums. Meh. Guess I'd better change all those, too, just in case.
    Last edited by Kablooie; 24-06-2011 at 01:18 PM.
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    Why yes you're right I'm deliciously evil

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    It's nice when accounts I don't even remember having are hacked. I have had the same email for 8 years, though, so at least I got the notification. But then, if it's that old, the password is certainly nothing like the ones I've used recently, nor do I particularly care if CD keys for old, old games are jacked; since I wouldn't have put in any personal information, that's all anyone would have gotten...

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    I had to do the same. Got the email yesterday. Lulzsec acts like it's fighting the whitehats and championing for Wikileaks.. but really they are just being douches.

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    I too could not get at my EA account till I reset my password whether that was a security measure or a hijack I don't know, be nice to get some free games from this or be able to register my older EA games on origin

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