Protecting one’s digital identity is almost as important in today’s day and age as protecting one’s actual identity, but both seem to be becoming increasingly harder as hackers continue to figure out new and inventive ways to compromise even our most trusted company’s online databases, stealing large amounts of incredibly valuable information.
Today, both Blizzard and OMGPOP have fallen victim to such compromises as both companies announce that hackers have seemingly made their way into their secure databases and exported usernames, passwords, emails, and more. The attacks don’t seem to be related, however it’s far too early to tell for certain without any sort of investigation.
In regards to Blizzard, hackers have apparently compromised and collected usernames, passwords, e-mail addresses, and security questions relating to a user’s Blizzard account. If you’re wondering if you’ve got a Blizzard account or are at all unsure – if you play Starcraft, Diablo III, or World of Warcraft, you do – and you’re more than likely a victim. Luckily, hackers don’t appear to have had access to users’ payment information, but damage is damage.
Turning to OMGPOP, the company sent out an e-mail to all users of their forums today announcing that the database that stores user account information has been compromised. This doesn’t affect all users – only members of their online community – but does include your email address, though not your OMGPOP password.
We’d highly recommend that users of both communities do whatever they feel is appropriate to protect themselves, including changing their passwords or creating new e-mail addresses entirely.