Battle.net breach and what happens next

Fans of various Blizzard titles should be aware of the occurring Battle.net breach that has compromised the service of games like Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft. As security measures are being taken, there is information on keeping your details safe due to sensitive account data illicitly acquired by an unauthorized user.

In no uncertain terms, Blizzard has been hacked and Battle.net data has been stolen, and yesterday’s article on CVG gives an informative account of what the next step should be. Highlighting that customers are urged to change their Battle.net password, their post reports a statement on the Blizzard website, by Mike Morhaime saying “their security team found an unauthorized and illegal access into their network” and it happened this week.

It seems email addresses for global Battle.net users outside of China have been illegally acquired, and this goes for answers to users’ personal security questions, as well as information relating to mobile and dial-in authenticators, all of which have been compromised, along with scrambled Battle.net passwords for players on North American servers, which were also captured. He continued his statement by saying, “based on what we currently know, this information alone is not enough for anyone to gain access to Battle.net accounts.”

With this in mind, users have been urged to change their passwords, and mandatory change to security questions is in the pipeline. No evidence that financial information such as credit cards, billing addresses, or real names have been found to be compromised, although their investigation is ongoing, and Blizzard has not revealed how many user accounts had been affected. A recommendation to change your password has been made to players on North American servers, and if you have used the same or similar passwords for other purposes, it is also advisable to change them.

An important security update for frequently asked questions is found on the Battle.net giving valuable tips to those who have concerns and this is an important link to all you need to know, and those wanting even more details would also find that a visit to Blizzard’s website has more on this important security update. Do you feel this will have an affect on Blizzard trying to persuade customers to buy their next product?