Bethesda Softworks hacked, personal data ‘stolen’

Bethesda has revealed that its website was hacked over the weekend.

Personal data, such as user names, email addresses and passwords, may have been taken in the attack.

Credit card and personal financial information was stressed to have not been compromised.

“Over the past weekend, a hacker group attempted an unlawful intrusion of our websites to gain access to data,” began a statement.

“We believe we have taken appropriate action to protect our data against these attacks. While no personal financial information or credit card data was obtained, the hackers may have gained access to some user names, email addresses and/or passwords.


The Fallout and Brink publisher has advised users to change any passwords associated with its accounts.

Source: Digital Spy. While Bethesda reports that the breach occurred over the weekend, a hacker group claims otherwise.  In related coverage on Ars Technica, Ben Kuchera reports:

The ultra-busy LulzSec hacking group claims it now has the personal data of over 200,000 users of the game Brink. “Bethesda, we broke into your site over two months ago. We’ve had all of your Brink users for weeks,”the group wrote on Twitter. “Please fix your junk, thanks!”

The big news may be that over 200,000 people played Brink.

“We’re going to release lots of Bethesda/ZeniMax data today—however we might not release their 200,000+ users as we love Call of Cthulhu,” another Twitter message from the group stated. Then the group began the threats. “Bethesda, give everyone more info on Skyrim and we’ll keep the user database to ourselves. However we are going to embarrass you anyway,” the group wrote. They then asked for a LulzSec top hat to be added to Skyrim.

Read more on Ars Technica.

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