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Codemasters hacked, personal information stolen

UK publisher the "latest victim in on-going targeted attacks"

Following on from an attack on Codemasters.com in May, the publisher has revealed that its online security has been breached for a second time.

In an email to its customers the company said: "On Friday 3rd June, unauthorised entry was gained to our Codemasters.com website. As soon as the intrusion was detected, we immediately took codemasters.com and associated web services offline in order to prevent any further intrusion."

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The hacker, it went on to explain, gained access to Codemasters' EStore's databank of customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order histories.

It underlined, however, that "no personal payment information was stored with Codemasters as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion."

The CodeM database - packed with further encrypted passwords, birth dates and gamertags - was similarly up for grabs.

Codemasters added: "Whilst we do not have confirmation that any of this data was actually downloaded onto an external device, we have to assume that, as access was gained, all of these details were compromised and/or stolen."

Sony, Square-Enix, Codemasters... where next for those fearless hackers? Let's hope the as-yet untouched publishers are putting up a few extra firewalls.

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