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The Latest Victim of the Account Hacking Horde is Epic Games

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Gears of War and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games now has something in common with Sony and Codemasters—the company was recently the target of hackers who may have stolen its customers' personal data.

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The intrusion into Epic's web sites and forums appears to be on a much smaller scale than that of other recently hacked game companies. Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney said in a letter to its customers that "email addresses and encrypted passwords" may have been obtained by hackers. The company has reset those passwords and informed account holders via e-mail.

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"Thankfully, none of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other financial data," Sweeney writes in his letter, assuring fellow game developers that the Unreal Developer Network was not compromised. Here's the letter going out to affected Epic Games community members.

Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked. After some downtime, they're back up and running now.

The hackers may have obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plaintext passwords weren't revealed, but it's possible that those passwords could be obtained by a brute-force attack on the encrypted passwords. Therefore, we have reset all passwords. Your new password at the bottom of this message.

The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) hasn't been compromised. Thankfully, none of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other financial data.

We're sorry for the inconvenience, and appreciate everyone's patience as we wrestle our servers back under control.

Tim Sweeney
Founder, Epic Games Inc

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

About this week's data loss [Epic Games Forums]

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DISCUSSION

So when it happened to Sony, it was Sony's fault, but when it happens to Epic and Codemasters, now all of a sudden people are getting mad at the hackers. Interesting.