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#1 Kewk

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:23 AM

We are sorry to report that we have discovered that hackers gained access to our forum and game databases and the player data in those databases. We have launched a thorough investigation covering our entire system to determine the scope of the intrusion. This investigation is ongoing and is our top priority. As part of the remediation and security enhancement process we will be taking the game and forums down temporarily.

 

We are issuing this Security Alert to all Survivors as a precaution so you can take some precautionary measures on your own. We have already taken a number of steps to increase security and are continuing to work with external advisors and investigators to identify and implement measures to minimize the chance of this happening in the future.

 

The data accessed included email addresses used to log-in to the forum, forum passwords which we encrypt, email addresses used to log-in to the game, encrypted game passwords as well as in-game character names and the IP addresses from which players log-in to the forum and to the game. If you posted other information to the forum it is likely that such data was accessed as well. We do not collect the names or addresses of our gamers so that information was not impacted unless you posted it on the forum. We are investigating whether additional information may have been obtained.

 

No Payment information Exposed.

All payments are made through a third party and not through our system. Therefore there was absolutely no exposure of your payment or billing information of any kind.

 

Email Addresses.

If you registered on our forum your registration email address was taken. Those Survivors who use the same email address to access their game accounts should be aware that the hackers have the email address.

 

Passwords.

We encrypt all passwords. However, there is a possibility that simple passwords can be obtained using brute force even if they are encrypted. Our research shows that many users are not using strong passwords.

 

Therefore, we are asking all of our players to please change your passwords immediately. You may do this by visiting our website or by clicking "Forgot Password" on The War Z launcher screen. If you use the same password for accounts on other services, you should change those passwords as well. Please make sure to use a strong password that is unique and uses a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.  Longer passwords are stronger. We suggest not to use password shorter than 8 symbols, with 12 to 15 symbols long password being preferred.

 

What we are doing.

We have engaged outside experts and investigators to assist in our investigation of this incident and committed substantial resources to that effort. We have identified number of ways access was obtained and have enhanced our security to improve game and forum safety. We are undertaking a full review and update of our servers and the services we use and adding additional security mechanisms. In addition to this post, we are emailing all of our players just to make certain that everyone is informed and has been advised to change their passwords.

 

The security of your data is important to us and we want our players to be assured that we take this situation very seriously. We have taken steps to improve security to minimize the chance of this happening in the future and will continue to invest in improving security going forward. 

 

This has been a humbling experience for us. While we all know that there is no guaranty of security on the internet, our goal is to try our very best to protect your data. We sincerely apologize.

 

We will update you on status as we make progress.

 

Thank you, 

 

 

The War Z Team



#2 Bronson

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:26 AM

It's nice to see the forum's risen from the grave. 



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:26 PM

I'm not able to log in to the game at the moment but were the characters deleted as well?



#4 derpyhooves

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:28 PM

I'm not able to log in to the game at the moment but were the characters deleted as well?

... is this a serious question?


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:31 PM

... is this a serious question?

 

Yeah too lazy to read the above post lol



#6 Agent Freedom

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:06 PM

Glad the forums are back up :)!



#7 Acebane

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:07 PM

Glad the forums are back up :)!

Mee too !


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#8 Trekked

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:11 PM

Thanks! Forums are going great!


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#9 Hous3Gaming

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:22 AM

Nice come back but next time inform the players sooner so we don't think this game is a goner.



#10 Maui

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:30 PM

This new forum rocks! good job.

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#11 ZomEater

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Dammit...



#12 LJTheTimelessProject

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:09 PM

Yep ! I really like this forum. Great layout.


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#13 eXtremousZ

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:20 PM

Yep ! I really like this forum. Great layout.

 

Yep :)



#14 Dishonourable

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:32 PM

No payment details may have been released but what happens if the people have the same email for something like paypal? Someone could just Brute Force the password and bam, spend heaps of money.


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#15 ZzSilverSniperzZ

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:06 PM

Good to see that the forums are up again, and they look a lot nicer than the last time I saw them!



#16 Hero?

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:58 PM

Lol i read this after i send 2 emails to customer support -.-. Was this Sent notifying our emails cause if so i don't remember reading it.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:49 AM

No payment details may have been released but what happens if the people have the same email for something like paypal? Someone could just Brute Force the password and bam, spend heaps of money.

Well, i hope someone is not so stupid. That would be kinda disaster for him/her :)

 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:11 AM

No payment details may have been released but what happens if the people have the same email for something like paypal? Someone could just Brute Force the password and bam, spend heaps of money.

 

How about changing your Paypal's email and password?



#19 Mediaburn

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:19 AM

I likes this Forum better



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:00 AM

It all looks good!




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