It seems like everyone’s getting hacked these days – whether its a local government website, or the Playstation Network, or the Flash plugin in general, there’s always the constant threat of your data being compromised because someone finds some value in using their time and resources to expose it to the world. Epic Games recently alerted users of their forums that their accounts may have been compromised, with the intruders possibly making off with data that contains more than just usernames and passwords. Hit the jump for more.
In an e-mail circulated to forum members after the attack was discovered, Epic suggested that everyone change their passwords and consider using a different e-mail account for the forum use as well. The vulnerability that led to the attack was discovered recently, but Epic has no way of knowing how much, if any, user data was stolen. Although they don’t mention it, if you’re an Epic Games forum user I’d also recommend setting up double-factor authentication for your e-mail account as well and any associated accounts you have linked in your profile, like Twitter, Steam or Origin.
While the forums dedicated to games like Bulletstorm, Gears of War, Infinity Blade, UDK, and Unreal Tournament, was affected by the attack, forums dedicated to Unreal Engine 4, Fornite, and the new Unreal Tournament weren’t targeted. Eish!
Epic expects that the forums will have the vulnerability closed soon, but no ETA is given in the e-mail for a fix, apparently. The company isn’t saying anything about the incident on their Twitter or Facebook pages.