Epic & Nintendo Hacked, Bethesda Next?

Another day, another couple of games companies are hacked. Sony, Codemasters and Square Enix have already been targeted and over the weekend details emerged that Nintendo and Epic have also been compromised.

Epic were the first to admit they had a problem, and founder Tim Sweeney issued the following statement:


“Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked. After some downtime, they’re back up and running now.”

“The hackers may have obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plaintext passwords weren’t revealed, but it’s possible that those passwords could be obtained by a brute-force attack on the encrypted passwords.

“Therefore, we have reset all passwords. The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) hasn’t been compromised. Thankfully, none of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other financial data.”

Nintendo have also discovered a ‘possible phishing threat’ on their website and have issued a statement.

“We have learnt of a possible phishing threat to users of the European Nintendo website which we are currently investigating.”

“The protection of our customers is our utmost priority and so we have taken the precaution of immediately shutting down some parts of this website until further notice. We would like to reassure you that we do not hold our customer’s bank, credit card or address details on the European Nintendo website and so this data is not at risk.”

Next on the hit list is Bethesda as hacking group Lulzsec tweeted their next target is the recently released shooter, Brink.

The same hacking group recently tweeted that PS3 owners should be grateful that they had a chance to ‘get some fresh air’ and should be thanking the hackers for the free games in the ‘Welcome Back’ package.

Source: MCV



  1. So, how long is it gonna take before somebody cracks Live wide open?

    • isn’t it meant to be a closed system so although developers hate it for not being as open as psn or steam it has better protection etc.

      • Seems to be these days that every system is secure until proven otherwise. The PS3 hardware was meant to be unhackable until Geohot had a go at it. Surely just a matter of time til Live gets breached

      • Hackers at ruining everything…. Hang them..

    • Live getting hacked is MUCH worse than any thing else especially if you have your Hotmal details inside.

  2. What the hell is wrong with these people! I’m so pissed off with all of this now. Why can’t these hackers get themselves a really job. I’m if they’re talented enough they could earn a lot of money, especially if they could boost security at certain games companies.

  3. Thanking them for the “fresh air” and free games? Give me a break!

    No one benefits from having the PSN down for over a month! I’d rather have my personal information safe and weeks of online gaming than 2 free games.

    • yeahh, i rather have my online than be without and get 2 free games in the end…
      these hackers can go and shoot themselfs!!!

  4. Why can’t they just politely fuck off. All they’re doing is pissing everyone off now.

    • It doesn’t need to be politely as long as the fuck off.

  5. How’s about everyone on PSN (65 million-ish) each chip in £1 and then we hire somebody to track these losers down

    • Good plan, I would actually be up for that..

  6. THEY tell US about fresh air?!

    • Yeah I thought there was something mildly amusing about hackers championing the joys of fresh air.

  7. They guys are so generous, here’s me being so selfish, keeping my personal details all to myself when I should be giving it to them to share with any other bugger that wants it, I didn’t even realise they were doing it all for me so I could get some free games!!!!!
    If only i’d realised, I would have bought a present for them, ooh wait I probably already have without knowing it.
    Piss Aff ya tubes!!!!!

  8. One company still stands as not being successfully hacked, Microsoft. Surely there’s been many many attempts over the past few weeks? I’d be surprised if there wasn’t.

    • Fortunately for Microsoft, they have virtually unlimited resources to throw at the security of Live.

      Of course, there’s no small amount if irony in the fact that they got all that money by selling billions of copies of the notoriously insecure and easily hackable Windows (non)Operating System, but hey… what can you do?

    • Except for those times they have been hacked right?


      And let’s not forget the console itself, hacked within months of release.

      Seriously CC, sell your PS3 and buy an Xbox so you can finally see the grass is no greener on the other side.

      • Was referring to the current round of anon/lulzsec hacking, as denoted by my words ‘past few weeks’ didn’t have time to expand & explain as I was on my mobile & this is a comments section not a legal document.

        The more recent attacking of Live accounts that you linked to (twice) is social engineering attack involving taking ownership of someone’s ID with another company first (eg, theire webhosts, email etc) and is a failing of those company’s security, and has to be done on an individual basis… hardly a network hack, as much as your Sony glasses would dearly wish it to be.

      • Stand down, Jesse. Stand down. ;)

      • There is still some Kool-Aid left from the PSN downtime, I guess.

    • PSP > HD consoles

    • Anyway it will happen, I can see EA or Activison being next, which is surprising since I’m sure they’d be targets too.

      Will there be hope? when will this stop…..

  9. Its really sad….

    We are the ones that must work so hard to earn money, support the family and most importantly living life to the fullest. Yet there are indivials that want to make us suffer because of there beliefs of what a company shouldn’t do, why we should have more freedom of the system that we have bought…

    Its just typical of humanity or life, there will always be thieves no matter where we go… always a fool that makes the wrong choice. I had the whole week of Easter off… I should’ve been playing various games online with friends or copying games to the PSP but that was taken away from the hackers or more fitting “cyber criminals”

    Its no big deal for me since I don’t use it as much as years ago but its really serious…

  10. wish I could just nuke these guys in the mean time I dare them to reveal themselves if they think they are so untouchable.

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