The War Z game, forum pulled following hacker intrusion
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Apr 2, 2013 1:00PM PDT
Following a hacker attack that compromised player information, The War Z has been taken offline pending an investigation. Publisher OP Productions issued a statement on the attack and admits that the hackers gained access to some player information, but insists that payment information is safe.
"We are sorry to report that we have discovered that hackers gained access to our forum and game databases and the player data in those databases," read the statement, located where the forum previously resided (via PC Gamer). "We have launched a thorough investigation covering our entire system to determine the scope of the intrusion. This investigation is ongoing and is our top priority. As part of the remediation and security enhancement process we will be taking the game and forums down temporarily."
The hackers had access to e-mail addresses, character names and IP addresses, and encrypted passwords for both the game and forums. If you posted other information on the forum, such as your real name or address, that data is available to the hackers as well. Payments, on the other hand, are handled through a third party.
OP Productions also warns that it found many users using weak passwords, and so the hackers could get them despite the encryption. If you had a War Z account, and especially if you use your password across multiple sites, take the proper precautions.