bill-swift - August 11, 2012
Last August 4, Blizzard identified an attack on its servers. They're still in the process of conducting an investigation, but they've since issued a statement about the data breach. Blizzard is the developer behind World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo III.
Before they can begin playing, gamers must create an account on Battle.net and that to log on to their games. While no financial information has been stolen, Blizzard concedes that some account details like email addresses and secret security questions and answers were stolen.
Fortunately, Battle.net users' real names, credit cards, and billing addresses weren't compromised. What was accessed instead were scrambled versions of passwords from Battle.net's North American servers, which houses information from players located in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Southeast Asia. This means that the passwords that were stolen weren't the actual passwords. Rather, they'd have to be deciphered individually before the user's actual password is revealed.
Nonetheless, here are four things that you can do as a precaution, if you have a Battle.net account:
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