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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Electronic Arts' Database Hacked


Hackers have breached an Electronic Arts website and may have taken user information such as birth dates, phone numbers and mailing addresses, the company said on its website on Friday.

According to EA, the attack hit a server for EA's Bioware studio in Edmonton, Canada. The hacked website was associated with the fantasy game "Neverwinter Nights."

"The only server system known to have been affected by the unauthorized attack was that supporting BioWare Edmonton?s Neverwinter Nights forums," EA wrote in a Q&A support page related to the attack.

Ea said that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from accounts on the server system associated with Neverwinter Nights may have been compromised, the company added.

Hackers also btained access to unencrypted passwords of "a relatively small number" of users, who have been notified by the company.

"The server system associated with the Neverwinter Nights forums was the target of a highly sophisticated and unlawful cyber attack. While we have security controls in place, even the best software and processes can?t keep up with hackers 100% of the time. We have moved swiftly to implement additional security controls to prevent this type of breach from happening again to secure your data and are conducting further evaluations now," the company said on its website.

Electronic Arts is the latest victim in a spate of global cyber attacks waged against video game companies. Last week, Sega reported that user information had been stolen from 1.3 million customers, while Sony s still grappling with the massive breach that compromised the data of more than 100 million of its video game users in April.


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