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    Administrator OMFG I Post Too Much
    Join Date
    Oct 2000

    Default change your password

    Blizz got hacked

    they got

    encrypted passwords

    etc etc.

    Players and Friends,
    Even when you are in the business of fun, not every week ends up being fun. This week, our security team found an unauthorized and illegal access into our internal network here at Blizzard. We quickly took steps to close off this access and began working with law enforcement and security experts to investigate what happened.
    At this time, we’ve found no evidence that financial information such as credit cards, billing addresses, or real names were compromised. Our investigation is ongoing, but so far nothing suggests that these pieces of information have been accessed.
    Some data was illegally accessed, including a list of email addresses for global users, outside of China. For players on North American servers (which generally includes players from North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia) the answer to the personal security question, and information relating to Mobile and Dial-In Authenticators were also accessed. Based on what we currently know, this information alone is NOT enough for anyone to gain access to accounts.
    We also know that cryptographically scrambled versions of passwords (not actual passwords) for players on North American servers were taken. We use Secure Remote Password protocol (SRP) to protect these passwords, which is designed to make it extremely difficult to extract the actual password, and also means that each password would have to be deciphered individually. As a precaution, however, we recommend that players on North American servers change their password. Please click this link to change your password. Moreover, if you have used the same or similar passwords for other purposes, you may want to consider changing those passwords as well.
    In the coming days, we'll be prompting players on North American servers to change their secret questions and answers through an automated process. Additionally, we'll prompt mobile authenticator users to update their authenticator software. As a reminder, phishing emails will ask you for password or login information. Blizzard Entertainment emails will never ask for your password. We deeply regret the inconvenience to all of you and understand you may have questions. Please find additional information here.
    We take the security of your personal information very seriously, and we are truly sorry that this has happened.
    Mike Morhaime
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  2. #2
    Ascendant Transcendent
    Join Date
    Jul 2003


    Thank you for posting this.

    I think about security more often nowadays. Where I work we used MD5 and now SHA as part of our product and this interests me more and more. I wonder why they (Blizzard, et al) use email addresses for logins as this seems to be a bad practice. Reference the guy from Wired who got hacked recently.

    Maybe someone with more experience in this area could chime in -- I'd be interested to hear about better ways to protect and secure authentication for the general public.

  3. #3
    Ascendant Ashenhand
    Join Date
    Dec 2001


    I imagine that if you have authentication turned on even this wouldnt help them hack your account right? I let my subscription lapse about 6 months ago with WoW but i was using the same ID for diablo3.
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  4. #4
    Ascendant Ashenhand
    Join Date
    Aug 2002


    What I find strange... is that passwords are NOT case sensitive.

    I also have not received an email from Blizzard about this. Shouldn't they be sending me an email telling me this instead of me having to read about it online?

    Additionally we believe the integrity of the physical authenticators remains intact.
    That's good, because that's what I have. I prefer to have the little physical key fob device instead of having to dig for my phone to pull up the authenticator app... or worry about what if my phone bricks etc.

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