Hackstravaganza Pt. 234: Hackers Hit Bethesda, Take Personal Info

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tony2tonez

If these hackers are tuff (that goes for all the big hackers groups out there) let see them take on a challenge. Hack the gov't of Russia, China, or Isreal? Hacking US gov't and companies alike are simple because it is like taking candy from a baby, US wont fight back.

Countries like Russia, China, or Isreal, show up at your house with weapons. Thats why these groups are like bullies because they go for easy targets. Anyone that cold pose a challenge to them, they stay far away from.

Nothing says like stay our of my government network like, car battery jumpers hooked to your nipples.

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Holly Golightly

Most of the hack usually comes from Russia and China though... I have restpect for those 2 great nations... But maybe they don't do crime in their own home? Or maybe they are patriotic and choose not to do it. I do not know why... But it seems rare they target counties. They seem to mostly do it against the entertainment industry. Or maybe... They are just that darn afraid. Who knows? I highly doubt it had anything to do about the strength of their network or their military.

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Ulrich

OH! and you forgot Epic they were hacked as well.

 

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

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Ulrich

A favor would be to let the company know how they defeated the security, and how the problem could be fixed. These Hacktivists are NOT doing anyone any favors. Actually thieves, criminals, terrorists.... are all better names for refering to these pathetic cowards.

 

“We were going to keep this little treasure chest to ourselves, but it appears the hand has been bitten. Say your prayers, Brink users,”

 

Is NOT a quote from someone that is trying to help anyone or anybody but themselves.

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TerribleToaster

 

The first hack on Sony seemed like a message. The next few Sony attacks made that message seem to be emphasis, a little too much emphasis. Everything since then is just jackassery. They've made their point long ago. They keep this up and you might seem these gaming companies getting some help from on high. These hackers need to remember that Microsoft, with its PC division and Xbox division, as well as Apple and Google (with their OS's, particularly their smart phones) have a vested interests in protecting videogame companies like Bethesda and hardware companies like Sony. They keep going with this and the big guys are going to come out to play, most likely on the offensive.

 

So yes, you have been taking candy from babies, but you have to remember, those babies have parents. With shotguns.

 

So I'd get out while you can.

 

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chipmunkofdoom2

"Everything since then is just jackassery. They've made their point long ago"

I'd tend to agree, and I denounce this hacking as much as everyone else.. I don't want my personal info out there... but you're wrong. If their point was made and taken, these further attacks wouldn't have happened because these other companies would have beefed up security. How long is considered "acceptable" for your personal information to be vulnerable before the companies holding it wake up and protect it properly? You be the judge, but I say if these hacks are still going on, nobody has learned a lesson.

I will also say that instead of hacking and posting this information, these hacker groups should be selling these bugs to the companies. Much like how Google pays devs to find bugs in Chrome, these companies should pay to learn about potential security holes. That's how my greedy self would do it.

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TerribleToaster

 

“If their point was made and taken, these further attacks wouldn't have happened because these other companies would have beefed up security. " 

 

I wish it only took a month to review and overhaul IT security. Sadly, there is always a lot of red tape to go through and such things can take upwards of a year (sometimes more, but the urgency of this particular situation, I wouldn't give anyone more than a year), If these hackers had waited longer to allow for the possible upgrading of infrastructure, that'd be fine. 

But there is no way anyone (in a large corporate environment) could upgrade so quickly and it is unreasonable to think so.

It's not like they can go out to the nearest best buy and pick up a newer version or Norton, nor is it like their IT techs can just say they'll try harder to lock down the servers.

 

Right now, these hacking are akin to kicking them while they are down. They aren't giving them a chance to tighten their guard, but are rather going at it full steam. I don't know why they are, my guess would be because they want to get in as many hits as they can before these companies can tighten security.

 Which isn't a message but a taunt. 

 

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iceman08

"those babies have parents. With shotguns."

you, fellow citizen, have won today's internetz with that post. 

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DDRDiesel

If I could, I would +1 the shit out of this post

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Ghostryderflyby

Here is an idea for the hackers. Since you have no moral or ethical value of any kind, and serve no purpose other than to victimize others, how about you go find the edge of the planet and jump off. We neither need, nor want your ilk among us! Pricks.

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sammyd253

I won't be impressed until they hack the Gibson.

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Caboose

HACK THE PLANET!!!

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nlopes

But will they unleash the Da Vinci virus?

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DDRDiesel

Nah, the Da Vinci is just a clever ruse to cover up for Sony's mistakes.  Sony actually wrote it, and King Koopa is not happy...

 

 

...  Damnit, cross-movie references...

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zaphodbeeblebrox 42

at first i thoiugh meh whatever go for apple next. but this is becoming majorly not cool.

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DDRDiesel

An Apple hack would be interesting, but the Apple Secret Police would literally kill whomever was responible, and make it look like an accident.  Scary men, those Apple agents

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Caboose

And that'd be a problem how?

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Recidivist

Lol, they will never go near Apple, they have far too many resources to hunt them down and a way too experienced legal team. While an Apple hack would be amusing, just to see Steve Jobs' reaction, it just won't happen.

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Htorne

"...or full-on, punch-in-the-throat-deserving jerks "

 

Thanks you made my day :)

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Mighty BOB!

I find this recent hacking spree to be hilarious.  lulzsec has delivered the lulz in spades.

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sweetjeebus

I find your recent douchiness to be hilarious. Kill yourself.

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Mighty BOB!

Ladies first.

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Marthian

anyone else wish Anonymous was as dead as a doornail?

Anonymous needs to burn in hell, nothing but a bunch of sad no lifes with absolutely nothing productive to do. I highly doubt their claims stating they don't have any part in this. Spanish police were hacked by these idiots because of 3 guys related to hacking being arrested. if you look at their history, they are one of the exceptions to internet for all.

They should target Internet Providers, now THOSE are the real scum of the internet with their data caps and crap. That and cellphone companies.

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tardisromana

Except this isn't Anonymous, but LulzSec.

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zaphodbeeblebrox 42

maybe there having some kind of competition.

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Marthian

could be a part of Anonymous, but also Anonymous is the group that hacked the Spanish police, thats for sure.

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Recidivist

Anonymous has nothing to do with this. Can't you read?

Also, Anonymous did not 'hack' the Spanish Police, they DDoSd them, and quite rightly. The Spanish police arrested three members of Anonymous and claimed they were responsible for the major Sony hack - which they were not. They never compromised any personal information, they merely took their site down for a short while, who the hell cares?

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Neufeldt2002

I think you would if you had a website and someone took it down for a while.

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Gezzer

I'm with you on the hope part. Only a couple of problems though.

1. Companies are always thinking of their bottom line and revenue streams, so even after all that's happened I'm afraid some will still try to get by with a "good enough" cheap @ss solution.

2. Hackers always have the advantage, all they have to do is figuer out how to get in, one thing. Everyone else has to figuer out how to keep them out, too many ways to count.

I'm starting to see an advantage to something like PayPal. A central site with security up the ying yang, and all a persons information, credit card, what have you. Then all a user does is use a non identifying user name, with a certain time to live, linked to the secure site when using other sites. So the only target the hacker would have is the main security site. Of course if they got into the main secure site, well then the stuff would hit the fan. And then some

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iceman08

paypal was hacked as well before

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McRegan

Didn't really care much when they hacked sony, as my ps3 is gathering dust.  But hacking the developer of Skyrim, the game I've been waiting years for, the game that is going to be ridicuously kick-ass, that I'm going to spend hundreds of hours playing.  Now that's just too god damn far.

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lindethier

Yeah, anything that might threaten the release date for Skyrim should be a crime punishable by death, or at least not being allowed to shower for a very long time.

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Ulrich

Wait... Hackers shower?

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Marthian

I don't even have a sony product save a dvd drive in my computer, and the first sony hack was annoying. These idiots are causing everyone grief, and every company that gets hacked they have their productivity halted.

This is the only time I wish the justice system worked a LOT better than it already does, this is stupid. even the Spain(?) Police got hacked twice (once before and once after arresting some hackers, but they got out on bail.)

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McRegan

Yea it's really just unnecessary, I don't really think they'll acomplish anything except pissing people off.  And yes it was spain where they were arrested, although I didn't know they were let out on bail.  

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Holly Golightly

At first I thought it was for political reasons. RIAA has screwed many consumers off their entertainment, and Sony was a major player in it... But now this is getting very annoying. They should state their reasons as to why they are doing this. I guess this is a new way of life... Being a "Digital Thug" for the losing.

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Recidivist

They have already made their reasons known.

  1. For the lulz
  2. Because we can

(Their words, not mine)

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