Codemasters Hacked


Codemasters have reported the personal details of “tens of thousands” of users, including the usual identity theft essentials of names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and passwords, but not payment details, have been made off with by hackers who penetrated one of its servers. It appears it took them a whole week to notice.

Codemasters reports its main site and online store were hacked on the 3rd of June, with unknown hackers making off with names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, passwords, gamer tags, IP addresses, order histories, and coupon details.

It eventually responded on the 10th of June by taking down its site and then emailing users, warning them to change all their passwords if they had used the same one elsewhere, and to beware of anyone asking them for personal information, a warning which might well apply to Codemasters as well it seems.

The only thing saving users from having their credit card details included in this data trove was the fact that payments were handled by an external processor.

At present they have taken the rather pathetic expedient of redirecting their domain to their Facebook page – “a new website will launch later in the year,” they say.

As usual, the hackers themselves remain unknown and given their probable sophistication are in all likelihood at close to zero risk of being caught.

Without massive reforms to the woefully inadequate legal sanctions available to users who have their personal details leaked by companies who evidently could not care less about the security of the data they hoard, it seems unlikely any incentive for long-term improvements in security exists.

Short of such reforms, it seems the only realistic recourse available to users is to provide as little genuine information as possible to those who can hardly be trusted with it – which sadly seems to cover most companies with an online presence.

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    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:26 11/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It must be the "cool" thing among companies now, to say we got hacked;

    Code-san: Hi guys. I'm new here. Just got hacked last week.

    SE-san: Hey there, welcome. I got hacked about a month ago. About 25 thousand and a few Canadians but no biggie.

    Nin-san: That's nothing. I got hacked but its no big deal since I've no idea what I lost. It wasn't that bad for me, but I still can't tell you guys about it tho.

    Sony-san: Oh yeah? Well, I got hacked repeatedly, not counting the other unknown successful hacking attempts at the moment, with over 100 million accounts leaked and I still don't know screwed am I or who penetrated me up in the first place. It was a little hard at first, but it got easier after the 3rd and 4th injections. In the end, they took everything I had and my network friends left me.
    Which reminds me, I got some free stuff the other day.
    Anyone want a copy?

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    04:29 11/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    360-san: That's because you keep wearing those skimpy clothes around everywhere, and you don't know how to say "No" properly. Of course you would get molested by everyone who passes you on the street. You have to know how to sell yourself out. *wink*

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    360's next on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are you smiling?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just hope the steam network is going to be safe :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    be the best and sell the rest!

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    07:02 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    i kind of want it to get hit hard... would love to get a few free games out of it.

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    06:01 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You know hacking's the latest thing when the first news you hear of a company is that it got hacked.

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    15:36 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i kinda like their games: Dirt, Grid. (Operation Flashpoint was so-so)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually got the letter, to which I reacted with; "Huh? I have an account with them? Aren't they dead?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Companies being attention wh*res like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I checked my email this morning and had a letter from EPIC. Seems the Unreal forums were hax't too. Usernames, passwords, emails, the usual. At least they mentioned that their passwords were hashed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It must be a "cool" thing to add Japanese honorifics while speaking English now...wait, what was that? That's just how fucking weaboos are? Oh, ok. Move along, then.

    Avatar of YamiRock
    Comment by YamiRock
    03:12 11/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Microsoft attacking again? XD lol

    Avatar of Stoopid Narb
    Comment by Stoopid Narb
    03:47 11/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    you know too much!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 11/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    this is the laughing man case all over again

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 11/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    now we need a hawt badass awesome purple hair cyborg with
    philosophical dilemma moral to bringing the bad guys to justice!! :D

    Avatar of Diemeow23
    Comment by Diemeow23
    18:21 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I vote for loli version, but please continue on.

    PS - Still waiting for the third movie

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:26 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LMAO I was talking to my brother the other day joking around about how Microsoft is the hacking group since they seem to have just kinda waddled off somewhere being quiet. Microhax

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 11/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Good. I really don't like codemasters all that much. They did a shitty job with RF Online while they had control over it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 11/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I got the message
    Important information regarding your account

    Dear valued Codemasters customer,

    On Friday 3rd June, unauthorised entry was gained to our website. As soon as the intrusion was detected, we immediately took and associated web services offline in order to prevent any further intrusion.

    During the days since the attack we have conducted a thorough investigation in order to ascertain the extent and scope of the breach and have regrettably discovered that the intruder was able to gain access to the following: website

    Access to the Codemasters corporate website and sub-domains.

    DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page

    Access to the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page.

    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 website will remain offline for the foreseeable future with all traffic re-directed to the Codemasters Facebook page instead. A new website will launch later in the year.


    For your security, in the first instance we advise you 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. Please note that Codemasters will never ask you for any payment data such as credit card numbers or bank account details, nor will Codemasters ask you for passwords or other personal identifying data. Be aware too of fraudulent emails that may outwardly appear to be from Codemasters with links inviting you to visit websites. The safest way to visit your favourite websites is always by typing in the address manually into the address bar of your browser.

    Unfortunately, Codemasters is the latest victim in on-going targeted attacks against numerous game companies. We assure you that we are doing everything within our legal means to track down the perpetrators and take action to the full extent of the law.

    We apologise for this incident and regret any inconvenience caused.

    We are contacting all customers who may have been affected directly.

    Should you have any concerns or wish to speak to a member of our Customer Services team, please email them at

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    News flash: Epic Games (guys who made Gears of War and the Unreal Engine) has now also been hacked.

    Someone's on a vendetta against game companies...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dear Anonymous,

    I didn't like codemaster as well solely because they screwed up RF Online (particularly the Mech downgrade -_-).

    It's good to see others feeling the same :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 11/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is a just punishment for fucking with Bohemia Interactive over the rights to use the name "Operation Flashpoint", a name which Codemasters have raped ever since.

    ArmA 2 For The Win.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 11/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Pffft, I was getting hacked way before it was cool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 11/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This is getting old.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is getting pretty ridiculous.
    I wonder if it's that "lulz security" group again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just as keikaku

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    Comment by Tenshi_
    04:07 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Rofl these hackers are having too much fun with hacking fest right now XD God, I wonder what triggered them to hack these big companies in chain reaction.

    Avatar of SaltyPenguin
    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    10:55 11/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    That's probably because big companies tend to be total dicks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    where's the hacking of McDonald's and Walmart o n o

    Avatar of Lariat
    Comment by Lariat
    03:23 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Whoever the hackers are, they probably have their hands on the master key to the entire World Wide Web. There's no other explanation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Like children with a gun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kids with guns
    Kids with guns
    Taking over
    They won't be long
    They mesmerize, skeletize
    Kids with guns
    Kids with guns
    Easy does it, easy does it, they got something to say no to

    Avatar of shoranhimura
    Comment by shoranhimura
    02:59 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    now trending: hacking big companies

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Getting hacked is the new black.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Looks like the truth "Code masters" are all this hacker groups that appear lately.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    with all the accounts from PSN, nitendo, codemasters, and many more,...they're planning to distribute a undetectable, undelateable, nasty virus! to bring all those costumers loyalty to its brand down with its computers!!

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    15:54 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Back in the 90's my elementary school teacher sternly told us not to lie when filling in online forms. The fool!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is what i fear the most...Steam Getting attacked...Think of all the rage

    Avatar of Ballatician
    Comment by Ballatician
    16:33 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is relevant to us, how? Codemasters is the worst fucking company in the industry that produced one or two decent games. I'm surprised their stupid asses are still in business after all these years.

    Avatar of kintama00
    Comment by kintama00
    23:52 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the world will end when they hack blizzard :o

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    19:19 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember, many hackers are from China...

    Avatar of Myballz
    Comment by Myballz
    08:29 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hack them Duty:Black Hats.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope these hackers are gonna die a horrible death.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:51 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, is that some new trend or what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:56 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    All this hacking is just providing the ammo for those who want to regulate the internet. And when the time comes, they will have a solid point. It's in everyone's best interest that the hacking stops.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think you're onto something here. Those who want to regulate internet have at least some interest in this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon must be pissed at GFWL for codies to get this.
    As much as I liked the DiRT series, I think its just desserts they get hacked for making DLCs that non GFWL countries are denied access to.

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    Comment by Kubelo
    03:15 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    New sport gets more and more popular...

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    Comment by GFC
    03:19 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's kinda sad, CM do make some very nice games, hackers should be ashamed of this.

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