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Indie Developers Say Hackers Robbed Them To Buy Three PS4s

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A group of game developers in Austria say someone figured out the password to their PayPal account and used it to buy themselves a bunch of new PlayStation 4s.

The folks at Broken Rules, perhaps best known for the recent Wii U game Chasing Aurora, are in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign for their newest project, Secrets of Raetikon. Yesterday, they noticed that someone had used their PayPal account to order three new PS4s, which might have been kinda cool if it was one of them, and not some hacker who got his or her hands on the company's password.


Marketing man Martin Pichlmair (on the left up there) said he was bummed out about the hack.

"The amount was significant but not huge – a few thousand dollars," Pichlmair told me in an e-mail. "Still, it's the last thing you need during a crowdfunding campaign."


Pichlmair says it looks like PayPal has frozen the charges and will be refunding them the money. He thinks the hackers nabbed their password during the big Adobe hack last month, and he's hoping that everything gets sorted out soon.

"This does in fact feel like someone breaking into your house," said Pichlmair. "It teaches us to use different passwords for different services from now on and so it should teach you and your readers."