12/18/2005

Hackers, Extortion Threats Shut Down Game Site

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 4:05 pm

White Wolf Publishing Inc., a company responsible for some of the most popular role-playing game brands, has shut down operations after international hackers exploited a software flaw and stole user data that included user names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords.

Following the breach, the company, based in Stone Mountain, Ga., said the hackers attempted to extort money by threatening to post the potentially sensitive user data on the Internet.

“We have no intention of paying this money, and are in contact with the FBI in an attempt to bring these criminals to justice,” White Wolf said in a notice posted online.

“As far as we can ascertain, they were unable to access any credit card data (nor have they claimed they did). However, it is possible for the encrypted passwords they accessed to be decrypted given enough time,” the company said.

White Wolf recommended that users and fans that may have used the same user name and password for other Internet services change those passwords immediately.

Source: eWeek

 

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