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By 3 July 2013 | Categories: news

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Ubisoft has confirmed that its database of users’ details has been hacked, and has urged those with an account to change their passwords right away.

The information that has been compromised includes usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords.

Thankfully though, the company noted that more importantly, no personal payment was stored with Ubisoft, thus not compromising its users’ credit- or debit card information. Additionally, the company added that, to its knowledge, no other personal information, such as phone numbers or physical addresses, were accessed.

“We recently discovered that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain unauthorized access to some of our online systems. We instantly took steps to close this off and to begin a thorough investigation with the relevant authorities, internal and external security experts, and to start restoring the integrity of any systems that may have been compromised,” the company elaborated in a statement.

Urgings and apologies

In light of the breach, Ubisoft recommended that everyone with a Ubisoft account changes their password. Furthermore, those with an account were also encouraged to change their password on any other website or service where they used the same or a similar password “to help ensure the safety of their personal information.”

The company also release a more extensive Q&A guide about the security breach, while an official forum thread had also been created for those affected.Finally, the company then apologised for any inconvenience that this may cause and thank users for their understanding. It did note, however, that while Ubisoft’s security teams were exploring “all available means to expand and strengthen its security measures,” no company or organization was completely immune to these kinds of criminal attacks.

To the point

Ubisoft, which is well known for being behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise, is also ironically tasked with the forthcoming Watch Dogs, which centres around giving players the ability to hack into and exploit technological resources from the resources around them. It seems that sometimes, life really does imitate art.

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