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Please, No War: The War Z Catastrophically Hacked

Poor, innocent victims of the recent hacking and server downtime.

The astounding saga of The War Z continues, but this time, with a twist: the rank odor of awfulness isn’t coming from inside some fissure in the game’s rotting flesh. Rather, an external force – data-hungry hackers – decided to stir up trouble, and boy did it ever hit the jackpot. In short, if you ever signed up for The War Z, go change everything. Financial information, fortunately, is still safe and sound (except, you know, for the fact that it’s presumably being spent on The War Z), but far too many other crucial pieces of information have been compromised. As a result, the more-than-a-little wobbly zombie survivor’s been forced offline for the time being.

Publisher OP Productions released a rather urgent statement on the matter:

“We are issuing this Security Alert to all Survivors as a precaution so you can take some precautionary measures on your own. We have already taken a number of steps to increase security and are continuing to work with external advisors and investigators to identify and implement measures to minimize the chance of this happening in the future.”

“The data accessed included email addresses used to log-in to the forum, forum passwords which we encrypt, email addresses used to log-in to the game, encrypted game passwords as well as in-game character names and the IP addresses from which players log-in to the forum and to the game. If you posted other information to the forum it is likely that such data was accessed as well. We do not collect the names or addresses of our gamers so that information was not impacted unless you posted it on the forum. We are investigating whether additional information may have been obtained.”

So basically, your fleshiest e-bits are now flopping about in the breeze – or at least, they’re catching a chill in some hacker’s dank info-cellar. You should probably take care of that as soon as humanly possible, one way or another.

This whole episode is made all the worse by the fact that The War Z’s hardly proven impregnable in the past. This particular instance, however, is easily the worst, so – if for some reason you haven’t already – maybe consider living out your murderously misanthropic fantasies elsewhere.

For now, though, OP assures that it’s “undertaking a full review and update of our servers and the services we use and adding additional security mechanisms.” But honestly, if you’re still playing this one, how many strikes until it’s out? How close to the dust-and-duct-tape cliff side do you draw the line?

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