codies2 Hackers make off with private data from Codemasters, home page taken offline

Looks like even game developers and publishers are not about to be spared from cyberattacks nowadays, and the most recent hacking attempt that took place some time ago is probably the best proof of that claim. Apparently, Codemasters, which is well known as one of the oldest British video game developers, has had its website breached by hackers some time last week, although it was only a few days ago that the company started informing its readers about the attack.

codies2(1) Hackers make off with private data from Codemasters, home page taken offline

Here is a little tip from us: if you happen to have an online account with the video game developer and publisher known as Codemasters, now would be a very good time to sign into your email accounts and start checking for any emails that the company might have sent out over the weekend. Not because Codemasters is about to offer any new bargains for its games, but because the company is the most recent victim in a recent string of cyberattacks that have seen hackers walking off with personal information belong to its subscriber base.

According to a report posted by The Tech Herald, the attack against Codemasters first took place way back in the early days of June (June 3, to be precise), but it was only last Friday that Codemasters issued an official confirmation of the attack and has since moved to shut down its official domain, promising only to bring them back online once it was completely certain that it is safe to do so. Indeed, a quick look at Codemaster's home page has revealed that the domain is currently offline, as shown below:

codemasters Hackers make off with private data from Codemasters, home page taken offline

So what about the data that was reportedly compromised, Well, Codemasters has admitted that it had lost personal information such as the "names, postal and email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and Xbox Live tags" of its subscribers, while data pertaining to the company's own online properties such as its official domain, ", the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page, the Codemasters E-Store, and the Codemasters corporate hub" have also been compromised. However, if it is of any consolation, Codemasters has also pointed out that the really personal stuff, such as "customer account passwords and financial data", were not stolen, although the company has sought to raise awareness about the issue by sending emails to its subscribers encouraging them to be on the lookout for suspicious messages sporting the Codemasters masthead and asking users to reply with their passwords or financial details.

Last but definitely, no one from the hacking community has stepped up to claim responsibility (or credit) for breaching Codemasters' servers, although there is speculation that the groups Anonymous and LulzSec might be involved in this particular case.

Source: The Tech Herald