18,000 accounts compromised in BioWare hack

18,000 accounts compromised in BioWare hack

By Rob Crossley

June 16th 2011 at 10:51AM

Mass Effect developer the latest victim as mindless hacks sweep the industry

The sensitive personal data of more than 18,000 BioWare customers has been compromised in a new data hack, the EA studio has said.

BioWare discovered on Tuesday that an unauthorised user had gained access into its community servers associated with the Neverwinter Nights forums.

Personal data compromised includes usernames, passwords, email addresses and birth dates, BioWare has said.

No credit card data has been taken.

“We have emailed those whose accounts may have been compromised and either disabled their accounts or reset their EA Account passwords,” read a BioWare statement.

“If you did not receive an email from us, or if your password still works for your EA account, your username and password were not compromised. Nevertheless, changing your password regularly is always helpful to protect your account.”

The BioWare forum breach continues a new rush of hacks sweeping the games sector.

The likes of Sony, Codemasters, Bethesda, CCP, Epic and Nintendo have all been recent victims of hacks.