Feeds

EVE Online goes dark to fight security breach

EVE Offline

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

EVE Online, the massively multi-player online Sci-Fi game, shut down for ten hours yesterday (Friday), after discovering a security breach.

In a statement posted on the site, Jón Hörðdal, chief operating officer of CCP, EVE Online's owner, said the company had "discovered an anomaly in the EVE Online Database indicating a potential exploit" at 10.25AM GMT. A couple of hours research later, the company decided that the best thing to do was to go "completely dark while an exhaustive scan of our entire infrastructure was executed".

The result? "An indication that one of our databases was being accessed through a security breach." The company detected three database actions arising from the breach, none of which "affected other users than the one doing the actions. We can also confirm that no personal details such as users’ credentials or credit card numbers were exposed through this incident:"

Some Reg readers have complained to us about being left in the dark about EVE Online going dark. We have also listened to mutterings about refunds being in order - the service costs UK members £39 for a 90-day subscription.

But it is easy to sympathise with CCP's action. "While some may feel that such a drastic reaction was not warranted," Hörðdal said, "it is always our approach to err on the side of caution in order to protect the players. We of course understand the effect and disruption this has had for our players and apologize for not having been able to explain to the community what was going on. In these cases it can often be counterproductive to containment to give out information while we are in the process of evaluating the scope of the problem."

EVE Online lit up the internet again at 22:00 GMT yesterday. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.