Earlier this week, the Gawker network of websites was hacked, compromising a whole bunch of people’s personal details, email addresses and passwords. If you were thinking this wouldn’t really impact on the gaming community, looks like you were wrong – Blizzard have just issued a security alert and sent out emails to “certain users”, suggesting that they might like to reset their battle.net password.
Originally thought to be a hoax, these emails have since been announced as legitimate, with an official statement from the World of Warcraft publisher advising gamers to use an authenticator when logging in, not to use the same password for multiple sites, and to always remember good password security.
As some of you know, several Gawker Media websites, including Gawker, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, and Deadspin, were recently compromised. To help minimize the effects of this compromise — namely for players who might be using the same login information for their Gawker Media accounts and their Battle.net accounts — we recently issued password-reset emails for several accounts. If you’ve received an email from Blizzard Entertainment requesting a password reset as a result of the Gawker Media compromise, please click on the link included in the email’s body to choose a new password. You can also log in to Battle.net Account Management to reset your password on your own ( https://us.battle.net/account/management ).
If you used your Battle.net email address to sign up with any of the Gawker Media sites listed above (for example, to post comments), we also recommend that you update your Battle.net email address as soon as possible via Account Management. If you are unable to complete this step or the password reset and believe your account might be compromised, please contact our customer support staff by using the Account Recovery Form ( https://us.battle.net/account/support/account-recovery.html ) and be sure to check out our Account Security Awareness guide ( http://us.battle.net/en/security/ ) for additional security tips and suggestions.
For more information about this situation, please visit Gawker Media’s official announcement ( http://gawker.com/5713056/gawker-security-breach-were-here-to-help ) or Lifehacker’s comprehensive FAQ ( http://lifehacker.com/5712785/faq-compromised-commenting-accounts-on-gawker-media ).
Lylirra, the helpful Community Manager who posted the statement, also suggests that any time you receive an email that looks like it’s from Blizzard and has anything to do with your password, that you check the email’s header information and any hyperlink destinations, as explained on their handy website. To be on the safe side, rather than clicking any “reset my password” type links, it might be a nice idea to type the URL directly into your browser, to thwart any phishing attempts.