Gamers of “Assassin’s Creed,” “Far Cry 3” and “Tom Clancy” titles be warned: Ubisoft has been hacked. The video game company issued a statement revealing that an account database from one of its websites has been exposed, meaning that users’ names and passwords have been stolen.
Though the hack did reveal many private passwords, those behind it didn’t steal any credit card information because Ubisoft doesn’t store those numbers on its site. The only information that seems to have been stolen was user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords. The recommendation is that users not only change their passwords on http://www.ubi.com, but also on any other website where they use the same information.
“We recently discovered that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain unauthorized access to some of our online systems,” Ubisoft’s blog post reads. “We instantly took steps to close this off and to begin a thorough investigation with the relevant authorities, internal and external security experts, and to start restoring the integrity of any systems that may have been compromised.”
It continues, “During this process, we learned that data had been illegally accessed from our account database, including user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords. It’s important to note that no personal payment information is stored with Ubisoft, so fortunately all credit/debit card information was safe from this intrusion.”
Ubisoft’s Uplay was not hacked, but since many gamers use their http://www.ubi.com user names and password to access Uplay, the recommendation is that they should change that password information as well.