The War Z hacked

Controversial shooter taken offline after players' personal info and encrypted passwords taken

OP Productions has issued a cease-fire for The War Z after hackers compromised the game's player database and official forums. In a post where the game's official forums should be, the publisher issued a security alert informing players that their personal info had been taken and advising them to take precautionary measures.

The personal information accessed included e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords for both the forum and game, in-game character names, and IP addresses. OP Productions uses a third-party system to handle payment, so no credit card or billing information was taken. The company is asking all players to change their passwords for The War Z, as well as any other services for which they use the same password.

As for what OP Productions is doing, the company said it has enlisted outside help to investigate the data breach and has been improving its security mechanisms.

"This has been a humbling experience for us," the company said in its message to players. "While we all know that there is no guaranty of security on the Internet, our goal is to try our very best to protect your data. We sincerely apologize."

The War Z has enjoyed a high profile since its release last year, although not for the ideal reasons. It debuted on Steam in December, but was pulled from sale within days after users complained about false advertising of features that weren't actually in the game. The publisher changed its messaging, and Valve returned the game to the service in February. The War Z also drew criticism for its similarities to the Day Z mod for Arma III. The creator of that mod, Dean Hall, said he was personally hurt, not just by the cloning, but because he'd been confronted by friends and relatives who thought he was responsible for The War Z and what they saw as unethical marketing.

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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus4 years ago
I find it difficult to have much sympathy for anyone who stuck around after the Steam debacle. That made it plain as day just how little the developer cared about anything but making money with as little effort as possible.
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James Berg Games User Researcher, EA Canada4 years ago
Christopher, this impacts everyone that played the game at any point, not just those that stuck around. Also remember most people don't follow the gaming specialty press, so likely had no idea there was anything dubious going on.

Glad I avoided this one for yet another reason :(
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Sam Spain Studying computer Science (Games Development), The University of Hull4 years ago
As if there weren't enough signs to avoid this game.
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Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst 4 years ago
Unfortunately, this sort of scam isn't aimed at the gaming intelligentsia such as yourself Christopher, it's aimed at people who are naive or just getting into gaming. Apart from which, it was sold via Steam, which is generally considered a fairly trustworthy content provider.

Such behaviour (as the developers of Day Z have demonstrated) can only hurt confidence in the industry in general, which is never a good thing.
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus4 years ago
I take umbrage with the ideal that we should be giving consumers who still fell for The War Z after the issue broke. We *have* a press for a reason, and it's not just to sell ads; it's to warn people about scams, and also to point out the really good stuff that's out there. If I'm buying anything, with the tools that I have at my disposal in 2013, I'm getting as much information on it as possible. Amazon reviews, press reviews, you name it, weather that's for a video game (which I know a lot about in general) or a toaster (which I know virtually nothing about in general). It's just part and parcel of being an educated consumer.

Put it this way: how many times do people eat at a restaurant without giving a cursory glance at reviews to make sure, at the very least, that their food isn't coming with a special order of some sort of rodent droppings, or to make sure that their server isn't going to ignore them all night? I know I do.

I will concede that this did also burn those that came in before the issues with the developers broke. That is unfortunate, and something I should have considered.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christopher Bowen on 4th April 2013 4:16am

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