Sure, you could go out there and hack some major publisher’s web site or modern gaming network, but that’s been done to death. In light of that, hackers have illegally tunneled through into the servers for the forums of BioWare’s 2002 RPG, Neverwinter Nights. Why bother doing that, you ask? Because the accounts used for it are the very same utilized in a plethora of current EA games.
EA released a statement on the matter that informed users of precisely what has been stolen: “Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account.” As with most of these recent occurrences, no credit card data was swiped. EA also assured its user-base that sensitive data, such as social security numbers, is safe. All passwords have been reset, and the company has advised account-holders to change them to something new.
[Image via Neverwinter Nights Wikia.]