Isn’t it great that the business of gaming is so safe and protected? The people working for the business don’t have to worry about getting hacked and the gamers themselves not have to worry. Everyone can just relax and do what they love with gaming and not have to worry… If only that was how it worked but sadly that’s not at all how it is.
About a little more than a month ago a business named blizzard was breached and user information was stolen. The information that stolen from the breach was Battle.net e-mail addresses, cryptographically hashed passwords, answers to personal security questions, and information about mobile and dial-in two-factor authentication. On the plus side, not every bit of information was stolen. The billing information (credit card numbers, addresses, and real names) have been kept safe. The users that were affected by this attack were in the North American servers. The countries that are in that server are North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.
Another plus side is that the passwords that were obtained in the breach were protected by the Secure Remote Password protocol (SRP). The passwords were “salted” which means that they had a long string of random characters in them to make them more protected. This made it so that the attackers had to decipher the passwords individually which was painfully slow.
Even though it is very slow and time consuming for the attackers to decipher the passwords, Blizzard is still recommending its users to change their passwords and also other passwords on different accounts that were similar. Also, Blizzard is prompting their users to update their security questions and mobile authenticator software.
Blizzard said that it learned of the breach on August 4th and has been working very hard to find the attackers. “Our first priority was to re-secure out network, and from there we worked simultaneously on the investigation and on informing out global played base,” Blizzard President Morhaime wrote. He wants to have speed and accuracy in their reporting and work diligently.