According to an email sent out to its customers, the website for the game publisher Codemasters was compromised by hackers on Friday, June 3. The site was immediately taken down so that Codemasters could prevent further access and evaluate the extent of the intrusion.
In the email, Codemasters states that the affected sites include the Codemasters.com website, the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page and the Codemasters estore. The hack is said to have potentially compromised customer addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order history. However, Codemasters did state that no payment or credit card information is believed to have been stolen, as this information is not stored on the website itself. The company is suggesting that its customers change their login information immediately in order to safeguard themselves against potential account theft.
This report surfaces in the wake of a massive data breach with Sony’s PlayStation Network, which brought the online service down for several weeks. With the increased reliance on online networks to both register gamers’ information, and in many cases to purchase games outright, incidences such as these begin to bring up questions about how securely game companies are storing personal information.