Sony, Microsoft, EA, 2K, and Others May Have Been Hacked (Again)


Hacker group DerpTrolling have over the weekend allegedly released the private information of more than 5000 users of the PlayStation Network, 2K Game Studios, and Windows Live, and claimed to have much more data that they’ve collected not just from the above but also EA Origins, Twitter, Facebook, Comcast, and other online services and organizations.

A person claiming to be part of the group had previously asserted that DerpTrolling would not leak customer data, but they seem to have changed tack in an effort to get their message noticed. The self-identified pro-consumer group claims not to want to hurt users, but only to warn companies that they should upgrade their servers and security measures in order to prevent such attacks from succeeding.

This isn’t the first time that online gaming-related services have experienced problems with hackers. Xbox Live, EA (recently), PSN (repeatedly, stretching all the way back to 2011), Bethesda, Blizzard (also repeatedly), and many more companies and services semi-regularly experience attempts by third parties to take them offline and/or get at their users’ data.

None of the affected parties have responded to the situation yet. Consider changing your login details if you use any of the online services or organizations listed above.

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  1. Landale
    November 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

    It’s worth noting that some of these services also have the option of adding extra layers of security, such as Blizzard’s authenticators or getting codes sent to your phone required for logging in. Consider using these as well if you have that option.

  2. landlock
    November 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    “The self-identified pro-consumer group” who are releasing peoples private data on the internet. Sure that sounds legit.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I swear to fucking god. If some internet service asks me to change my password again to some new impossible to remember 8+ character/numeric/special sign abomination I am going to fucking lose it.

    The password is never the problem, hackers always break in via back doors. Stop with the shitty ever more draconian password requirements and get your shit together.

    In fact, give me the option to opt for a shitty 4 letter password, yeah, “fuck”, that is my new password for everything online. The hackers are welcome to all my data, I don’t care, let them have it.

  4. Zombie_Barioth
    November 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Cue the XBL vs. PSN arguments.

    On a serious note, yea, sure, “pro-consumer” hackers. If somebody wants to get in, they’ll find a backdoor, so these “warnings” are complete bullshit. There _are_ companies that do this kind of thing professionally, but they aren’t a bunch of self-proclaimed vigilante heroes.

  5. LurkerJK
    November 22, 2014 at 8:12 am

    most of the time they only make you “feel” more secure, the hackers just download the databases

  6. LurkerJK
    November 22, 2014 at 8:15 am

    at least they relaxed the password requirements letting you use a sensible phrase instead of limiting you to some arbitrary number and forcing uppercase special symbols numbers and then forbidding you for using anything similar to any of your other info

    they probably read the classic http://xkcd.com/936/ comic

    all the banks ive used still need to get a clue tho