Nintendo, Epic Games, Square Enix, Bethesda and Codemasters have all followed suit of the Sony PSN hack, with reports of phishing scams and customer information leaks running rampant. LulzSec and Anonymous, two of the largest faces of the recent wave of cybercrime, have been linked to several such attacks, whereas neither group has claimed responsibility.
First up is Nintendo. When The Big N's U.K. website was breached in early June, a statement was sent to users warning them of possible phishing scams due to outsiders' access to personal information. While Nintendo claimed no financial data was stolen, they did suggest users reset passwords and change usernames, particularly if that data was shared across other websites.
In an incredibly similar story pimped by LulzSec's Twitter account, Bethesda was targeted as well. Bragging that, "We've had all of your Brink users for weeks," the group insisted that the publisher of Fallout: New Vegas get their "junk" fixed. Bethesda announed that, like Nintendo before them, no financial data was obtained. And like Nintendo, the company has also suggested users reset passwords and change shared usernames.
Keep the Cole Train coming for Epic Games, who had just about the same thing happen to them. As forum administrator "Flak" posted on June 9, user accounts and encrypted passwords were nabbed. Again, no financial data lost, but if you insist on posting under username SophieLovesAnya on both the Epic boards AND your bank account... well, you might want to change that behavior.
We already told you about the Codemasters breach, in which outside forces gained access to just about everything but credit card information, including details of last site activity and Xbox Live Gamertags. Codemasters, publishers of DiRT 3, couldn't confirm the download of any such data, but since the information was most certainly accessed, the publisher announced that, "we have to assume that... ...all of these details were compromised and/or stolen."
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But if you thought losing your Gamertag or username was bad, try your resume. When Square Enix was hacked in mid-May, not only did the makers of Final Fantasy XIII and publisher of the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot fess up to the loss of 25,000 emails, but also 350 resumes of people who had applied for jobs with SE's Canadian office. As with the other stories, Square Enix warned of possible phishing scams and identity theft.
And of course, we all know about the monstrously-bad scenario presented when we had the PSN down. Yikes.
Another week, another hack attack. Who do you think is next on the list?