18,000 BioWare accounts compromised via old Neverwinter Nights forum server

Thursday, 16th June 2011 08:27 GMT By Johnny Cullen

BioWare’s confirmed that up to 18,000 accounts have been compromised on its forums through an old Neverwinter Nights forums.

The number consists of EA Accounts which were affected via a hacker that managed to gain access through a decade-old community server that was linked to the forums.

No financial information was stored, but usernames, passwords, email addresses and date of birth are thought to be affected.

“Yesterday (June 14), we learned that a hacker gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare community server system associated with the Neverwinter Nights forums,” studio GM of BioWare Edmondton, Aaryn Flynn, posted on the company’s forums.

“We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched an ongoing evaluation of the seriousness of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers.

Flynn continued: “However hackers may have obtained information such as user account names and passwords, email addresses, and birth dates of approximately 18,000 accounts–a very small percentage of total users. We have emailed those whose accounts may have been compromised and either disabled their accounts or reset their EA Account passwords.

If you did not receive an email from us, or if your password still works for your EA account, your username and password were not compromised. Nevertheless, changing your password regularly is always helpful to protect your account.”

The news follows recent compromises in the past week of personal info from Bethesda and Codemasters.



  1. BraveArse

    I think they may have just signed their own “gang probe with a spiky thing” warrant though.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. darksied

    Whoopee, and another one bites the dust.

    Seriously, I’ll put $100 towards the capture and conviction of one of these hackers. More than one and I’ll make it $150.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. JackTheLittle what?
    they hacked a lot of websites,right?but what happened to them at the end?
    NOTHING important even if it did.
    its not only the security issues here.these hacks can happen everytime,they’re inevitable.but when it cost a company millions of dollar and the government shows no responsibility,it gets different.despite people claiming sony is fully responsible about psn but they had their security.even if we could say it was not strong enough,that would not change the role of government who allow such hackers freely do everything they want or even encourage them behind.
    my whole point is politics are hardly connected to economy.and here we have an economic struggle between companies from tow major when a group of hackers damage the opponent million dollars and gov dont do anything,its not hard to think these are all from themselves to turn the whole issue in an everyday happening!

    #3 4 years ago

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