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Codemasters latest to suffer from hacked data

Site shut down and security hole closed after admin details stolen

UK publisher Codemasters has become the latest games company to suffer at the hands of hackers, following high-profile attacks on Sony and Square Enix.

The Dirt and Operation Flashpoint publisher told it moved quickly when it discovered password and login data for had been compromised and posted online.

"On Friday 20th, there was an attempt to gain administrative access to the website. This admin access may have allowed alterations to our company website.

"We responded swiftly with a full investigation to isolate the issue, bringing down for a few hours to ensure no access would be possible, and returned the website after a security hole was closed. While some staff admin names were obtained, passwords were all encrypted."

"Our online team take security of user data very seriously and we are reviewing all of our websites and systems to ensure we are as safe as possible, especially as many games companies have been popular targets for this sort of activity recently."

As well as the high-profile PSN breach at Sony, which is expected to cost the company in the region of $170 million, Square Enix also fell victim to a hacking attack last month, with email addresses and CVs compromised.

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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