No one is safe when it comes to cyber attacks it seems as British game developers, Codemasters, is the latest company to come under attack from cyber thieves.
This current wave of hacking began with the huge breach of the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment. Subsequently there was attacks against Nintendo and an FBI-affiliate website by the group Lulzsec last week. Now Codemasters has seen customer data stolen in an attack it called “significant.” The breach took place on 3 June and following an investigation by Codemasters it was discovered that as many as tens of thousands of customers’ information could have been compromised. The data that was affected included customers’ names, addresses, email addresses, IP addresses, birthdays, phone numbers, Xbox gamer tags, biographies and passwords of its registered users. The one thing not taken was payment details of customers, but considering everything else which was taken it will offer limited consolation for those people.
Codemasters is emailing those affected by the breach to apologise and everyone else is being pointed towards the company’s Facebook page for further information. In the email, Codemasters advise customers to “change any passwords you have associated with other Codemasters accounts. If you use the same login information for other sites, you should change that information too. Furthermore, be extra cautious of potential scams, via email, phone, or post that ask you for personal or sensitive information." Speaking to the BBC, a spokesperson for the company said they had no idea who was behind the attack and that the codemasters.com website would remain offline for the foreseeable future.
With so much of our information now online, it is more and more worrying to see such attacks happen in quick succession and without knowledge of who is behind the crimes. Let us know if you think that companies like Codemasters really need all the information they hold on customers or if it should be limited to one or two pieces of information.
Update: In a more worrying attack, it has been confirmed that the FBI are investigating an attack on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with a spokesman for the group telling the Wall Street Journal: "We had an incident. We're investigating it and the fund is completely functional." What information (if any) was compromised is unknown but any sensitive information being compromised could have potentially disastrous results.