Codemasters has publicly announced that their online services have faced an intrusion, as the unexplained cyber war against the video game industry continues.
The unfortunate UK developer discovered the attack, last Saturday (3rd June 2011 at the time of writing). And since then, Codemasters have put a re-direct on their website, which takes you to their Facebook page and have pulled the VIP code redemption for DiRT 3, a long with the Codemasters eStore.
Thankfully, payment details and passwords are safe but other personal information could have been taken and, even if there’s no way to prove it, Codemasters are assuming that all data has been taken and downloaded onto an external device, by the hackers.
In wake of the attack, the firm has sent out an e-mail to all account holders, explaining the extent of the damage. There’s a copy of the e-mail, below.
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 Codemasters.com website will remain offline for the foreseeable future with all Codemasters.com traffic re-directed to the Codemasters Facebook page instead. A new website will launch later in the year.