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Battle.net Passwords, Email Lists, and Logins Stolen

By August 11, 2012June 9th, 2021Cybersecurity

Diablo and Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment suffered an internal network security breach earlier this week, according to a press release.

Blizzard indicated that they don’t believe any sensitive information such as credit card numbers was stolen, but emails and encrypted passwords from non-China Battle.net accounts were stolen. Michael Morhaime explained the situation further in Blizzard’s official blog:

[Blockquote]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. [More blockquote]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.

Blizzard also believed that in addition to emails and encrypted passwords, personal security questions and mobile information for US, Australia, and Latin America users may have also been accessed and stolen.

However, the company also stated that they use an advanced, difficult to crack cryptology technique that the blog explained would make it nearly impossible to hack into accounts. “Based on what we currently know, this information alone is NOT enough for anyone to gain access to Battle.net accounts,” Morhaime wrote, though he urged Battle.net users to change their passwords immediately as “a precaution if you’re on a North American server.”

The stolen data from Blizzard is not the first report of stolen data on the Internet in the past month. Yahoo lost some 453,000 login usernames and passwords less than three weeks ago. Reports from LinkedIn, eHarmony, and Last.fm have also been made for similarly stolen passwords and other login credentials.

Jason Manteiga

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.

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