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Bethesda servers hacked, accounts may be compromised

The hacking group LulzSec is claiming responsibility for a hack against Bethesda's servers. The company advises changing passwords on their own sites, as well as any that use similar passwords.

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An intrusion by hackers has led publisher Bethesda to issue a warning to users. Though the company says that no financial or credit card information was obtained, user names, e-mails, and passwords may have been compromised. The company advises changing passwords on Bethesda sites and forums, as well as any other sites that may use the same username or password.

Bethesda says the hack took place over the weekend while LulzSec, the group claiming responsibility for the hack, says it took place "over two months ago." A statement from the group suggests the hack started with Brink and moved on to other Bethesda property. It claims to have released everything from the compromised server except the user data because "we actually like this company."

The attack is the recent addition to a string of exploits on game-related sites and servers as of late, such as Codemasters, Sony, and Epic. LulzSec also recently attempted an attack on Facebook, which apparently failed due to steep security measures.

The Sony network hacks, arguably the highest-profile of the recent string of attacks, recently received an interesting development when Spanish police arrested two alleged members of the hacker group Anonymous in connection with the data theft.

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    June 13, 2011 3:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Bethesda servers hacked, accounts may be compromised.

    The hacking group LulzSec is claiming responsibility for a hack against Bethesda's servers. The company advises changing passwords on their own sites, as well as any that use similar passwords.

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      June 13, 2011 3:11 PM

      Can they just stop now...no-one likes you lulz so just stop trying to prove something.

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        June 13, 2011 3:20 PM

        For the most part I actually think what they are doing is a good thing. It's making sites everywhere more secure, everyones beefing up their security right now [Gabe from Valve just mentioned that in a recent interview.]

        Hopefully its helping change consumer habits as well. You should have a unique password per site, I'm not remotely worried about this or any other hacking effecting me.

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          June 13, 2011 3:22 PM

          It's also providing a powerful point for anyone who doesn't want to set up Another Damned Login for every single game publisher or developer infrastructure.

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          June 13, 2011 3:25 PM

          Well if they wanted to help people they would now delete the info and not hold it hostage.

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          June 13, 2011 3:56 PM

          Oh, so they work like Fire Marshall Bill?

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          June 13, 2011 4:41 PM

          First off: I hope if anything of yours ever gets stolen you don't prosecute the thief but take him out for a nice dinner. After all they just helped show how unsecure you are. Seriously don't twist this and thank a bunch of criminals.

          Secondly: All this is proving, between game sites, banks, and DOD contractors, is that the internet in it's current form is unsecure. Potentially unsecureable. I'm sure Lockheed doesn't take it's security lightly but they got hacked too. If that's the case this is the end of the internet as you know it. I'm not sure where we go but I can assure you it will not be so open if this keeps up.

          Lastly: Hey, now that the senate got hacked does this mean Sony gets to drag them into the next Sony board meeting and grill them about their poor security?

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          June 13, 2011 5:14 PM

          Wow. Are you a crimnal defense attorney? LOL "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury sure my client may have murdered a family in their sleep and stole their belongings but look at the good that came out of it. All the houses now on their street have iron bars on the doors and windows with a paid armed security person staffed 24/7. And no one plays outside anymore. Their life is more secure thanks to my client."

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          June 13, 2011 5:17 PM

          i served with Ozymandias. you sir, you're no Ozymandias

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          June 13, 2011 11:05 PM

          Good thing they aren't raising awareness about rape, or arson. *thumbs up*

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            June 14, 2011 1:22 AM

            to be fair, they are not in any way putting any real alive person in danger or hurting someone. As it is everything they do is so far 'virtual'. So your comparisons are severely lacking.

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              June 14, 2011 5:39 AM

              Because a virtual crime isn't bad, only real crime is.

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                June 14, 2011 7:52 AM

                I sure have committed a lot of virtual murders. also, virtual car thefts. WHY DIDN'T YOU STOP ME!?!!

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                  June 15, 2011 10:29 PM

                  the internet controls more then just information it controls money, it controls personal security. they could steal an identity, or profile you paid for. unlike your virtual murders that have no actual negative effects since the game is not tied to reality, information is, and it can ruin real peoples lives

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          June 14, 2011 5:26 AM

          they're not trying to help people

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          June 14, 2011 6:50 AM

          I'm going to punch you in the face so that you know the next time to always wear a helmet outdoors.

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      June 13, 2011 3:21 PM

      How much does it cost to hire Navy Seals?

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      June 13, 2011 5:09 PM

      So the FBI announced today that it is giving more broad searching power to its agents to track these hackers. So what have the hackers accomplished giving more power to law enforcement to encroach upon freedoms, hurt an industry that employs thousands of people and is a good part of the economy of many cities, states and countries and will only get more and more people pissed at them. What has started as some misguided crusade against "evil" capitalism has now transformed into something else. Way to go hackers!

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        June 13, 2011 5:24 PM

        Yeah. Governments probably secretly paid the hackers to do this so they can get more sweeping power over the net. Good job guys.

        When they kick in your doors and take you away with no rights nobody to blame but yourselves.

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        June 13, 2011 5:25 PM

        that's not true. the expanded "powers" granted today have nothing to do w/ lulzsec

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          June 13, 2011 5:43 PM

          Sure isn't helping. Just giving governments more "See we told you so" arguments for more power.
          If hackers really want to help they can track down the ones who get peoples info and plaster who they are all over the internet. True vigilantism.

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      June 13, 2011 6:33 PM

      Ya know for a while I thought that these groups were actually helpful in that they were showing companies how bad their security is/was. But I think in the end, half of the companies will do something about it (albeit half assery) the rest won't and the authorities will get more power. So in the end these groups aren't helpful really and all they are doing is helping the Government takeaway our rights.

      Too bad they don't realize this.

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      June 13, 2011 8:38 PM

      WTF? LulzSec is the most stupid name I've heard it ever!

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      June 13, 2011 9:12 PM

      Next thing you know, the Shack gets hacked. Then Google.

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      June 13, 2011 10:30 PM

      They need to hack my Banks site and Erase my damn CC debt.... wtf

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      June 13, 2011 10:52 PM

      Lulzsec also posted that they didn't release the Brink user info because they didn't want to stifle the production of Skyrim. So they're true gamers guys. Nothing to worry about!

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      June 14, 2011 5:16 AM

      i just dont know the reason if they want to show the weakness of security then talk whit the firm / site
      not hold the gamers /users as hostage

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      June 14, 2011 6:13 AM

      So they hacked a company that they liked, to be helpful? Riiiiight...