Bethesda forums and users hacked (again)

Remember June? Great month. Alice: Madness Returns, Wii U, the PlayStation Vita, Ocarina 3D... and everybody who's ever released a videogame got hacked in one way or another. But apart from that, great month! Anyway, what with the notoriously short attention spans of the videogaming community, the disparate and anarchic hacker world wants to make sure you remember the Great Hacker Extravaganza of Q2 2011 – to which end, the forums for Bethesda Game Studios have been hacked all over again.

Above: Relax, nobody's stolen any dragons from Bethesda HQ

The new hack – which was announced by Bethesda itself, in an email to potentially affected parties – is said by Bethesda to constitute “a potential breach of our forum user database” shortly before the weekend. All user passwords have been reset, requiring users to re-enter a new password. Bethesda is urging users not to pick the same code (duh) and to update details for any other online accounts which use the same password.

While the original hack was promptly notched up to Lulz Security's flurry of headline-making online activity, that collective has since announced a cessation of such high-profile attacks. Immediately on breaking the news of its June breach, LulzSec hastened to add that its members “quite like” Bethesda and would not be releasing user details. However, with the company currently engaged in a copyright lawsuit against Mojang, publishers of Scrolls and Minecraft, many hactivists may see Bethesda as potential opponents of the free-speech tenets central to many hacker collectives. Or maybe it was just an easy target...

Aug 15, 2011


  • Tomgoulter - August 16, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    @CoryRX8: Thanks for the clarification. It will be interesting to see whether this turns out to have anything to do with the hackers' actual motivations.
  • paul212 - August 15, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Damn hackers think their fighting for something when their really just hurting everyone.
  • QWERTYCommander - August 15, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    Something tells me that Mojang (or at least their fans) have something to do with this...
  • jackthemenace - August 15, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    I bet it's revenge for the hideous amount of bugs New Vegas was shipped with.
  • KNITEpanda - August 15, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    I knew what cory meant, and I totally agree with him. Sounds like some serious Minecraft fan is mad about the whole Mojang being sued by the companies behind The Elder Scrolls. Silly silly fanboys xD
  • CoryRX8 - August 15, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Doh, I meant to say that blaming BETHESDA, not Zenimax, would be like blaming Treyarch for Activision's legal shenanigans. Proofread, Cory, proofread.
  • CoryRX8 - August 15, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    It's important to note that Zenimax is suing Mojang, not Bethesda. Bethesda is just the subsidiary, they don't employ the legal team that asserts that they own the word "scrolls." Blaming Zenimax would be like blaming Treyarch for Activision's legal shenanigans surrounding Call of Duty.
  • TheDigitalG - August 15, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    Again? Must be a lot more hideously-overweight basement dwellers with zero social skills then I thought.
  • Pocotron - August 15, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    Didn't LulzSec quit when Jester got involved during Q2?

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