Hacking the servers of a major online video game seems to have become a popular pastime for online scoundrels, perhaps because they’re guaranteed to find a great deal of information about users on file. Trion, developer of the popular MMO Rift, has now joined the ranks of companies forced to send an apologetic email out to subscribers.
According to Trion, unauthorized intruders gained access to a database that includes every important tidbit of information imaginable. Usernames, passwords, email addresses, billing addresses and more have been hijacked. Trion has not stated when the attack took place, so it’s unclear if the attack recently occurred or was only recently discovered.
The good news is that full credit card information was not stolen, and while password data was hijacked, Trion had enough sense to make sure it was encrypted. However, the first four and last four digits of credit cards, along with expiration dates, were taken.
Trion recommends the usual protections, like changing the passwords of any other non-Rift related accounts that use the same password as your account with the company.
In hopes of smoothing over the matter with players, three days of complimentary game time has been granted to everyone and a new item called Moneybag’s Purse, which provides a bonus to looted coin, is available. You’ll only receive this compensation if you update your password and security questions.
Trion has not finished their investigation, however, so it’s possible more issues could be discovered. In the meantime, watch your credit card for unauthorized transactions and be sure to reset your passwords.
Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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