The popular gaming company Blizzard, which is behind games like World of Warcraft and Diablo III, recently revealed that it had been hit with a hacking attack.
The incident, discovered by the gaming company's security professionals, exposed users' email addresses listed with its Battle.net service, the answer to their security questions, and other authenticators, Blizzard announced
. Further, encrypted passwords were also exposed.
This breach almost entirely affects just users of its North American game servers, which are used by people throughout most of the world, the report said. In addition, users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions even ahead of the company prompting them to do so.
"At this time, we’ve found no evidence that financial information such as credit cards, billing addresses, or real names were compromised," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard's president and co-founder. "Our investigation is ongoing, but so far nothing suggests that these pieces of information have been accessed."
A data security breach such as this is a serious incident, and Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911 writes regularly about how victims can avoid identity theft as a result.
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