Anyone that has an account with video game developer Ubisoft is being
advised to change their password immediately. The game maker announced
Tuesday that its user account database was breached by hackers who
gained access to user names, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords.
“We recently discovered that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain
unauthorized access to some of our online systems,” Ubisoft wrote in a statement
. “During this process, we learned that data had been illegally accessed from our account database.”
The game maker emphasized that the company doesn’t store personal
payment information, so no credit or debit card information was stolen.
However, since passwords could have been stolen, the company is
recommending that users change their passwords on any other Web site
where they used the same or a similar password.
Ubisoft makes hit video games such as Assassin’s Creed,
Just Dance, and Tom Clancy’s The Division. The company won’t specify
how hackers breached its system; it only said, “credentials were stolen
and used to illegally access our online network.”
This isn’t the first time that Ubisoft’s network has been hacked. In
2010, a consortium of hackers known as Skid Row claimed responsibility
for breaching Ubisoft’s Web site
in protest over a policy that required gamers to have a constant
Internet connection to play their games. This hack didn’t affect users’
personal information, however, but instead removed the company’s digital
rights management technology for PC games.
As far as the most
recent hack, Ubisoft said it is investigating the breach with the
“relevant authorities” and working on restoring their systems.
“Ubisoft’s security teams are exploring all available means to expand
and strengthen our security measures in order to better protect our
customers,” the game maker wrote. “Unfortunately, no company or
organization is completely immune to these kinds of criminal attacks.”