Bethesda “Attempted” Hack

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Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda is reporting an “attempted” hack has netted user info, casting further doubt on the ability or trustworthiness of game companies when it comes to securing user data.

Their announcement:

Over the past weekend, a hacker group attempted an unlawful intrusion of our websites to gain access to data. We believe we have taken appropriate action to protect our data against these attacks.

While no personal financial information or credit card data was obtained, the hackers may have gained access to some user names, email addresses, and/or passwords. As a precaution, we recommend that all our fans immediately change passwords on all our sites, including our community forums, statistics site for Brink, and here on the blog.

If your username/email address/password is similar to what you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. As we don’t know what further plans the hackers may have, we suggest that you keep an eye out for suspicious emails and account activity.

We regret any inconvenience that these attacks on us cause for you. These attacks will be evaluated to determine if there are any additional protections we might take that would be prudent.

It might come as news to hackers potentially sitting on a pile of email addresses and passwords that they have merely “attempted” a hack – apparently the theft of personal information other than credit card details is now so routine it can be brushed off as a mere failure to get at the good stuff.

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  • Anonymous says:

    so 4chans project chaos is finally showing signs of failure. Good, fuck ’em, it’s not even worth laughing about anymore since they are going after game companies that provide entertainment for people, if they want to keep it “exclusive” to just these hackers, then they are what they hate being called, “Casuals.”

  • Conspiracy theory:
    The ones responsible for all these hacks lately is probably Artefact and co., posting news of hackings of big name companies to brag about his achievements and put the victims through humiliation!

  • Anonymous says:

    Need I remind that these companies cannot think of EVERY hack under the sun before they happen? Now, if it was a ‘script kiddie’ hack, then I say they should be lambasted for it.

    No reason that those things should work so easily.

  • Anonymous says:

    no good’s gonna come of this, y’know.

    If any action is taken by governments or businesses, it’ll most likely be actions that ultimately hurt the consumers.

    even if this is all for the lulz, chances are, they will feel the affects of this too, eventually.

    or go to jail, if caught.

    either way, it ends in a severe pain in the ass.

  • But I love Fallout 3 and Oblivion, and can’t wait for Skyrim..

    Why must lulzSec do this? All they’re proving is that they spent their entire life dedicated to computers and not living. They’re denouncing themselves, if you ask me. Theres no point in hacking someone -or anyone-. All that is doing is making yourself a troll. There isn’t a point to it. And, above all else, they say they like BethSoft, yet they hacked it.

    You don’t hack something you like.

    And you don’t say that you’ve made them “Your bitch” if you like them, either. These guys fail, and honestly I want to fucking hit these guys so hard every bone in my body breaks.

    • Anonymous says:

      You must be new on the internet. They do it for the lulz (duh).

      [quote]You don’t hack something you like.[/quote]
      You don’t use words you don’t know the meaning of. Or at least shouldn’t have.

      [quote]These guys fail, and honestly I want to fucking hit these guys so hard every bone in my body breaks.[/quote]
      And that is why they are doing it.
      A bunch of angry fanboys raging over them = epic win.

  • Anonymous says:

    Whatever, All this retarded hacking will stop soon, these hackers seem to think they are invincible and that they are doing so legally because they think whatever company is being unlawful or unfair when they need to understand things they read and how the world works better, they are committing a crime and will be punished, when they all have lawsuits piling up on them they will think twice about future ,,hacking” attempts, their childish antics will stop soon so I prefer not to bother myself with this junk, it’s a game, and an account I can easily replace with no personal/ revealing information on it, I’m quaking in my imaginary boots.

      • Anonymous says:

        I doubt they are as smart as you think they are, you’re probably a wannabe hacker too and trying to make yourself feel good, they obviously aren’t very smart if they are hacking a international corporation like you said, those companies have more power than you and most people could imagine, those criminals ( the hackers ) are interfering with the business functions of the company and making them lose money, first, that’s against the law, second you shouldn’t fuck with other people’s money, especially powerful people, the ,,hackers” are only digging themselves a deeper grave, it will all be over soon enough and they’ll see how stupid they were for fucking with a multi-million dollar corporation(s).

  • Dang. I really cannot believe how easy this is for people. Back in the day of the old NES, the people from Nintendo had the brains to make it so their software going into their consoles and game cartridges were set up in such a bizzare and complex way that no one could ever hack their software. Have videio game designers with large sums of money not been able to keep up with teenagers in their mom and pops basements? The whole thing is a joke.

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh no yet another sit I didn’t have a member on got hacked! Oh what will I do?! At this rate a hacker will never steal my address fly out here and have a nice cup of tea?! I spent a whole $3 on this tea, and yet have no one to drink it with. *Sad face*

  • Woah, so… Codemasters, Square Enix, Sony, Nintendo (No Personal Info), and now Betheseda… If this trend continues… expect activision, thq, micrsoft, nintendo (personal info), and more to get hacked unless the FBI steps their damn game up!

  • The Plan is simple attack all the big and small Video Game entertainment companies little by little with just to cause chaos and distrust with the consumers.

    Great plan to start a great hacking crusade against the Video game Industry for Admiral Ackbar.

      • Anonymous says:

        Bug-free may not exist, but Bethesda has a name for rolling out games where you:
        * Sometimes fall through the landscape when you jump, ending up swimming in the sea below.
        * Scripting errors and ill thought through quests, making it impossible to complete.
        * Crashes when you walk too fast.
        * Saves that rapidly grow so big that it takes ages to load a game.
        And then we haven’t really talked about the usability issues. Don’t take me wrong – I think their games are great, even with these flaws. But with a bit more polish they could have been stellar crown jewels in their genre.
        Anyway, I do think Bethesda is kind of cool and they don’t deserve to get hacked.

  • I’m starting to think companies are simply jumping into the hack bandwagon. Just think about it, by claiming to be hacked, those companies can discourage hackers from attempting to hack them because it has already been done, and there would be nothing to be gain from hacking the same thing twice.

  • Anonymous says:

    They did exactly what lulzsec wanted them to do, protect themselves from the threat. this comes off as a win win situation for the hackers and for Bethesda. high-5s all around for the security team

  • Maybe this is way how to force companies start selling games without those stupid registrations and online DRM bullshit. If they wont be able to guard the data, they will lose right to have them.

    • Anonymous says:

      those registration and online drm is to make sure that you are the holder of the account that own the registered game.

      companies already state that 2 of the biggest problems(besides piracy) that cause them to lose revenue is pre-owned games and rentals.

      Those who are against the registration and online drm(besides the potential risk of losing them to hackers) are basically someone who wants to steal without spending time and risk of using cracks, keygens and traced serials or better yet, purchase their own copy of the game that a group of people who spent years to create. I’ll be hella pissed if someone got a hold of my serials and use it to play online, keeping me offline.

      • Anonymous says:

        [quote]those registration and online drm is to make sure that you are the holder of the account that own the registered game.[/quote]
        Look mom, it’s Captain Obvious! Yay!

        If someone stole your CDKEY, it’s your own fault.
        A 20 character keyset has an insane amount of possible combinations (a 46 digit number) and guessing it is just not going to happen. The only way someone could have taken your CD key is by reading your manual or getting malware on your PC.
        It’s your own fault either way, with MSE you have no excuse not to have an AV toolkit on a Windows machine.

        [quote]Those who are against the registration and online drm(besides the potential risk of losing them to hackers) are…[/quote]
        A false dichotomy. I want to be able to play my games when I’m offline and when the auth servers are offline as it always happens with online DRM services.
        And I’d rather take my chances with cracks rather than pray to the rain gods that the auth servers are up.

        [quote]companies already state that 2 of the biggest problems(besides piracy) that cause them to lose revenue is pre-owned games and rentals.[/quote]
        It’s not illegal to sell a book or a DVD you own. Just why would it be legal to do that with software that I BOUGHT?

    • Anonymous says:

      @ NeoWorm 06:04

      The game — and other — companies which store your personal information NEVER had “a right” to do so.

      Customers handed that information over to them in order to buy their products and services.

      It seems that company managers have near-universally decided any bad press due to data breaches is just “a cost of doing business”, rather than devote the needed information technology resources required to properly secure the data.

      Until a bunch of companies get bitch-slapped with multi-million dollar fines or class-action lawsuits — which ISN’T going to happen — they’ll just keep doing what they’ve been doing.

      The customers have hurt the companies significantly, financially, before they’ll change. Boycotts, visible, noisy protests, etc. Vote with your wallet, and let the companies’ management KNOW why you’re not buying their stuff.

      I think a majority of people are too addicted to their on-line-whatever service (PSN, MMO subscriptions, etc.) to make that happen.

      • Anonymous says:

        none of the good bethesda games require user data, unless they do on the consles? but who plays oblivion or fallout on consels? would miss out on all of the delicious mod content which makes the games twice as good~

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m pretty sure they do in fact have the right to store your personal information for purposes relevant to their company. It’s generally presented in the form of a Terms of Service thing that most people click “I Accept” without reading.

        Of course, you as a consumer being lazy and retarded has no bearing on their actions as a producer.

        Also, Artefact likes to overdramatize things in order to fit his narrative.

        • depending on where it is sold. USA… yes, your pretty much screwed…

          here where i live they can say “but you pressed the (i Agree) button, so you accept our terms and cant do shit about it” but the law says straight out that the terms cant bypass the law nor give lower warranty rights than what you have trough the law on any point. and any ware, hard or software, that is sold here in shop or over net have to abide the law…

          we have had some cases with Apple that denied to fix iphones that broke after short time becase of cold (that they were supposed to handle) because “they have sign the contract that gave em just on month of limited warranty”.
          the whole thing ended minor lawsuit by the state and then they just soon after the goverment increased the warranty length for new mobile phones from 2 to 5 years in the laws…

        • Anonymous says:

          They don’t, unless you give them permission, which you did by clicking the “I agree with the terms which nobody reads but we’ll pretend you did and use it as evidence in court if needed”.
          Most countries have severe restrictions on what your personal information can be used for, but accepting the “we can do whatever the fuck we want with your personal info” negates that.

      • Anonymous says:

        hahaha, a wise man once said sometimes society can only move forward through the grave
        in other words the dinosaurs must die out
        frankly i wonder how come they still pay anyone for the DRM bull
        it doesnt do jack on single player focused games and multiplayer often gets bypassed as well
        further more every time a games ask me for play disks or steam does something stupid (thats every time i turn it on) i rather take the pirated copy so i dont have to rage over buying annoying crap
        your DRM idiocy will either get me brain hemorrhage or ill quit buying games – either way you lose a customer, yhear me DRM cretins?!

        • Anonymous says:

          i did say sometimes – and i never claimed the entire senior population is the problem, however when too many influential people adamantly adhere to absurd ideas you can only wait for them to die and hope for the new generation to know better

          and i used to not pay for games for budget reasons, now i try my best to buy all the games i enjoy
          steam and other crap is not helping my resolve

        • Anonymous says:

          A wise man would know better than put sweeping generalizations on the entire human race.

          Old ideas do not go away with people, they go away with a revolution, weather or not it involves actual civil uprising.

          But for DRM to disappear, there should be enough people who care for that first, which isn’t happening as the average non-tech crowd doesn’t know better.

      • if i like an mmo, ill play it.
        if i want to get a demo through psn i need it
        if i want a demo on live i need a silver at least

        untill there is an alternativeness, (re5 demo getting pirated comes to mind) i HAVE to have these services…

        im not willing to not play a game to prove a point. but pirate it… thats something i will do, so long as they understand why, and not an “im to cheap to buy it, more drm” way of thinking.

        • Anonymous says:

          You don’t have to play an MMO. You don’t have to own a PS3. You don’t have to own a PSN account.

          Until you are willing to sacrifice some potential enjoyment to make a point, corporations have zero interest in giving you a better service. The only way you can vote is your wallet.

          As for piracy, corporations just view it as something that will go away once they [s]buy[/s] “convince” enough politicians in their point of view.

    • Anonymous says:

      How the fuck is that supposed to help in any way?
      Seems like it’d drive away customers to me.
      If you want it out faster they’d need the money to do it.
      With no customers, then they can’t do shit, now can they?

      • Anonymous says:

        … and there is the logic. They start actually focusing on making a more appealing product instead of developing more and more invasive DRM because they aren’t making money. Seriously.

    • tbh blizzard should be hit and hit hard.

      still charging 15$ monthly for wow
      still no LAN in SC2
      selling SC2 as 3 separate games
      owned by Activision
      charging for blizzcon and charging ALLOT
      charging 25$ for a fucking horse
      console interface in a PC game (sc2)

      the list goes on

      • Anonymous says:

        WoW costs a lot to keep up running all those goddamn servers. They don’t have monthly fee just because they want money for themselves. They have monthly bills to pay to keep the servers running.

        Stupid move on the LAN part, just to prevent piracy, even though it prevents jack shit, except for not allowing people to play on LAN.

        Every part of SC2 is a full game, it’s not expansions or similar to DLC. You get what you pay for. I sure as hell don’t mind 3 great games.

        So you hate Activision and thus you hate Blizzard although they have nothing to do with each other?

        Shit costs.

        You’re not forced to buy a fucking horse.

        How the fuck is that a console interface? It works and flows well.

    • Anonymous says:

      What? No way, Sony is still so much worse, they got hit like 5 times, others have just stopped at the one or attempt. Sony is still so much worse off than this. Bethesda didnt have to close down and lay off a bunch of employees in the US SOE (sony online entertainment) nor did Bethesda get their movie website hacked, Sony did, and PSN got hacked twice, among other things. Get off it..