Bethesda site and forums hacked, user details compromised

Bethesda Softworks has joined the sad but worldwide fraternity whose only membership requirement is to be the victim of hacker-related crimes. The company, whose online arm is enjoying a busy spell courtesy of the recently-published Brink, issued a warning on their blog recently, saying that while credit card numbers weren't compromised, user details and login information may have been accessed and users should change their login details immediately. The group claiming responsibility for the attack has also released data from a recent hack of the US Senate.

Above: If you're Bethesda, hacker security is as simple as putting frikkin' dragons in your game

Lulz Security, the hacker group who breached the Bethesda servers, have released a statement boasting that they've had access to the company's data for “some weeks,” but that as they “actually quite like” Bethesda and are awaiting Skyrim as eagerly as anyone else, details for over 200,000 Brink players wouldn't be included in the information released into the wild – allowing Bethesda to continue writing the group off as a myth, should they choose. However, the “small, just-for-kicks release” of masses of internal data from, published online with the simple explanation that LulzSec “don't like the US Government very much,” is more likely to have the group branded as thieves by the appropriate authorities. These are interesting times to be online, probably because that's exactly where everyone is...

Jun 13, 2011


  • jackthemenace - June 16, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    The thing I find funniest as that EVERY company is assuring everyone that "no credit card details were taken", and that only their logins and passwords and stuff were accessed. It seems a bit strange to me that the hackers would hack in to one of the biggest companies in the gaming world, committing one of the biggest crimes there is nowadays, and then, just... Stop. I think at least ONE of the companies that've been hacked recently has lied about not having credit card details stolen. It just seems far too nice on the part of the hackers.
  • ElwoodFiore - June 16, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    Funny how all the groups of hackers are pointing at other groups lol.... Not to mention i think microsoft had a breach... I'm getting emaisl about Games for Windows Live games that i recently purchased... And i dont play games on the PC besides tibia lol......
  • NuclearXmas - June 16, 2011 3:46 a.m.

    I remember when I was a child, kids used to play with lego's...
  • D0CCON - June 16, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    Nice picture, I guess the hackers asked Yes Man for the information then.
  • TRcommander - June 16, 2011 12:59 a.m.

    I feel like hacking sites for the fun of it has become somewhat of a fad. But, eventually governments and private companies around the world will step up on their security and crack down on these people. And once enough people are arrested, people will start to realize that crimes they commit online will have real world consequences. Then the people not in jail will move on to other hobbies.
  • TheRandomFool - June 16, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Call me a horrible person, but I really think people who do this kinda crap should get one warning. Second offense removes a hand.
  • podsaurus - June 16, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    I will never understand hacking. I just don't get it but what goes around comes around so I hope those hackers get what they deserve.
  • Redeater - June 16, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    Don't worry. I'm sure they will release a patch to fix everything.......5 months from now.
  • Clovin64 - June 16, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    AAARGGHHH Nowhere is safe from retarded hackers!
  • RicePuddingUK - June 15, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    F**k sake, could everyone stop getting hacked!
  • Innounci - June 15, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    I hate how these people claim that they are doing favors for these companies, and that the government has no right to arrest them. I'd just like to point out that if I held up a bank, took all the money, and then just handed the money over to the cops about a mile away with a simple, "This wouldn't have happened if their security was better," do you know what they'd do? They'd lock me up. It's not the thought that counts, it's your actions that require legal action, and Lulzsec has made the wrong ones.
  • chrisat928 - June 15, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    No, it was only funny when it was happening to just Sony, according to the internet.
  • bass88 - June 15, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    I like the Dick Thornburg (William Atherton in Die Hard) reference.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - June 15, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    This has only ever been funny to the the 12-year old mindset of these kids. Well, you know what they say about he who laughs hardest...
  • DoctorCrazy - June 15, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    These hacker groups are insane, I love Bethesda and hopefully this doesnt harm them in any way.
  • iJizzLots - June 15, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    Lulzsec, this shit isn't funny any more. I'm not sure it ever was.
  • chrisat928 - June 15, 2011 11:32 p.m.


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