It has been reported that all Call of Duty players should be on notice after a major Activision hack has left millions of accounts in limbo. As of the time of publishing, over 500,000 Activision accounts have reportedly been hacked, with log-ins being leaked publicly. Hackers are then changing the account details, making it so the original owners can’t recover them. The breach was first reported by ‘oRemyy’ on Twitter. This was then confirmed by other content creators, like TheGamingRevolution, Prototype Warehouse, and Okami.
Commenting on this, Boris Cipot, senior security engineer at Synopsys, said
“Gaming is not simply entertainment for children, it is a thriving industry with highly sophisticated technology. For example, games now offer highly advanced simulators whereby individuals can embody a soldier, fighter pilot or even a football player. With the support of Virtual Reality technology, these games can become even more realistic. Moreover, we are witnessing a rise in E-sports, where tournaments and winners amass large pots of money. As there is a lot of money involved, it is normal for cyber criminals to target known game brands to access user accounts.
One might think that the value of hacking into an account is through reusing its password on other services. However, in reality, some of these gaming accounts themselves are worth a lot of money. Many accounts have a collection of virtual goods which can be acquired by gamers for real money. That means cybercriminals could gain profits just by selling one or many accounts which hold valuable virtual goods. It is true that they could benefit from other goodies such as passwords, payment information and email addresses, but in gaming, the real money lies in selling virtual goods. The other threat is also in the linking of other accounts like PSN, Xbox or Battlenet… As such, users of Activison should change their password on services where it has been reused.”
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