Blizzard Hacked, Change Your Battle.Net Passwords Now

If you play video games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft, you'll want to change your Battle.Net passwords right now -- Blizzard, maker of said games, has had a security breach.

The 2012 hacking spree continues, following, LinkedIn, and a whole host of other companies that are getting their servers breached and data stolen. You know the drill: it's time to go change your Battle.Net passwords, and any other passwords that were similar to it.

If you've followed our security advice thus far, you're using strong, different passwords for every account, using a password manager like LastPass to keep them all straight, and changing your Blizzard password is all you need to do. If you're using the same password everywhere, however, you'll need to change it everywhere so hackers don't get access to those accounts too.

We've put together a guide on auditing and updating your passwords, so now would be a great time to do that, not to mention go through some of the other security procedures we recommend in the wake of this week's Amazon and Apple compromise.

Blizzard says no sign of financial data was compromised, and what was stolen probably isn't enough to get someone into your account -- it mainly included email addresses, the answer to security questions, and mobile authenticators. However, it's better to be safe than sorry. Hit the link to read more.

Important Security Update [Blizzard]


    This thing is a couple day old now, strange that hasn't notified me of this issue, I had to read it in a net article!

    Breach occured on the 4th. Was nice of blizzard to wait 6 days before telling us. Imagine if it was a bank?! How furious people would be to be told so late! Better late than never but still, would of been nice to of known earlier. Atleast Sony took their network down upon finding the intrusion.

    Oh yeah, and we pay for blizzard games! The PSN was free to play on, and I believe they took their breach alot more seriously.

      I payed for my PS3, the games on it and the PS+ account also.

        Yes, but access to the PSN for play is free. A sub to any of blizzards games costs $15 a month + purchase of game (expansions too) and you need to of bought a computer too :P. The PS+ subscription is not imperative to play, as a subscription with blizzard to play their games, is.

        Oh, and I'm totally not bagging Sony, in fact, I have nothing but praise for how they handled their breach. By taking down the PSN they made sure no ill could be done with what was taken during the hack. Blizzard on the other hand, could of atleast issued this warning a lot earlier than 6 days later. At minimum, a request to change passwords sent to emails without reason, would of sufficed better than being told late.

        paid ffs , P A I D

    Sheldon: They took my battle ostrich.

    Leonard: Oh, no, not Glenn?

    Sheldon: Yes, Glenn! The only bird I ever loved.

    If you have an authenticator, which in retrospect everyone should. Doesn't even matter if they have your password

    Wasn't only the US battlenet accounts passwords stolen? All Fully Encrypted and salted.


    The difference is from the level of the hack i would say. From the statement linked

    "At this time, we’ve found no evidence that financial information such as credit cards, billing addresses, or real names were compromised. Our investigation is ongoing, but so far nothing suggests that these pieces of information have been accessed."


    this information alone is NOT enough for anyone to gain access to accounts.


    We also know that cryptographically scrambled versions of passwords (not actual passwords) for players on North American servers were taken

    So Yes change your passwords and the answer to the personal security question,
    But i don't think the sky is falling.

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