Feeds

Star Trek role-players' privates sniffed by alien invader

Cryptic Studios coughs to database hack

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Gaming studio Cryptic, the company behind Star Trek Online, Champions Online and City of Heroes, has admitted that its players' details were lifted in an unauthorised database access two years ago.

Cryptic said in a canned statement yesterday that it had only just discovered evidence of a data breach in December 2010, during which account names, handles and encrypted passwords were gathered.

The studio said it had reset passwords and sent emails out to all affected online role-players, but it doesn't yet know whether more sensitive information - such as real names, dates of birth, billing addresses and some digits of credit cards - were slurped.

"While we have no evidence that any other information was taken by the intruder, it is possible that the intruder was able to access additional account information," Cryptic admitted.

The studio said it was still investigating the digital break-in and was strengthening its security systems.

"For your own security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information," it advised. "If you use the same password for other accounts, especially financial accounts or accounts with personal information, we strongly recommend that you change them."

Cryptic specialises in free-to-play online games and was acquired by Perfect World last year. The studio had not returned a request for additional comment at the time of publication. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
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.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.