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The War Z Taken Offline Following Hack 52

An anonymous reader writes with this tidbit from Net Security: "Players of The War Z, a first-person zombie survival game, have been notified of a breach of the developer's forum and game databases and the theft of user data contained in them. 'The data accessed included email addresses used to log-in to the forum, forum passwords which we encrypt, email addresses used to log-in to the game, encrypted game passwords as well as in-game character names and the IP addresses from which players log-in to the forum and to the game,' the developer explained ...There is no mention of what encryption algorithm they use to encrypt the passwords, nor whether they are 'salted,' so their advice to users about immediately changing the passwords they used for the forum and the account is more than fitting."
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The War Z Taken Offline Following Hack

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  • I'm not sure whether the crackers or the developers are more deserving to be brought along for this ride: []

  • ...promised an unhackable infrastructure. Where they went on and on last october about how much security they have and how people can't hack in TWZ? I do remember that as I was paying $19.99 for silver founders pack and access to the game. Within a month there were aim-bots and wall-hacks and now, their entire database is compromised. This company is a joke.
  • This should have run its course by now, shouldn't it? It seems that the zombie craze is lasting even longer than the vampire craze we had a few years ago.

    I'm betting on space aliens for the next one.
    • by dunezone ( 899268 ) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @09:56AM (#43347223) Journal
      Considering The Walking Dead is pulling in on average 10.5 million viewers each Sunday (including myself), I would say we are far from the end. []
    • by Vanderhoth ( 1582661 ) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @10:02AM (#43347267)
      I actually heard an interesting theory on that from a student I was mentoring. He claimed that when Democrats are in the white house zombies are popular, When Republicans are in it's vampires.

      His reasoning was that the political parties play on subconscious fears of what that party generally stands for.
      Democrats are generally in the socialist direction; So people are afraid of just being one in a crowd of many.
      Republicans are generally everyone for themselves; Let the few rich/powerful/strong do as they wish with little regulation.

      I wish I could explain it as well as he did. Obviously there's a bit of a wake so Twilight was written when Bush was in, but the movies where part of the wake that trailed over to Obama's administration.
        • It's scary how damn insightful some of the writing on that site is...

          • by Belial6 ( 794905 )
            I think that Cracked is telling a Macro joke. Even if you never read any of their funny articles, It is pretty damn funny that a second rate Mad Magazine knockoff would reinvent itself as a comedy website that while funny is also insightful with real pearls of wisdom.
      • Doesn't hold water, some of the better zombie movies were made when republicans were in power, like the new version of Dawn of the Dead, or the early Resident Evils. Zombies have an enduring appeal because it works with on different levels for different people. Some see them as just good scares, some see them as survivalist fantasy, some the strategic and tactical elements, some as social satire, others as tense psychological thrillers, it's a multifaceted form of entertainment.

        • Dawn of the Dead was conceptualized during the Nixon years and started filming during Carters years in office.

          Resident Evil was developed during the Clinton years for sure.

          Walking dead was an adaptation of a comic book that was started in 2003 during Bush Jr. election and what people most think of as starting the current craze.

          I frankly never figured zombies went away neither do vampires I think people just like to see patterns.

      • There is much more to the story. :-)

        Considering that the mind turns into a zombie-state when watching TV I would have to agree that the popularity of zombies is due to the subconscious-archtypes being projected so people will become aware of who/what they are. Zombies are symbolic that people don't know how to apply critical thinking skills.

        Vampires are also symbolic for stealing energy -- that is, having you focus on unnecessary bullshit like some war on inanimate object _X_, false idols that entertain yo

  • > "forum passwords which we encrypt, email addresses used to log-in to the game, encrypted game passwords"

    "We feel confident they will not successfully crack the encryption because zombies are mindless."

  • Another zombie-survival-themed game. Serves them right.

    They've had their 15 minutes!!! Stop with the zombies! Let's please leave them with the Donald Trumps and spinners of history.
  • Hacked? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jeff13 ( 255285 ) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @02:47PM (#43350563) Homepage

    Just a thought, but, I'm a bit amazed at the large scope of this. That's a lot of data that's just disappeared and can be sold on the black market. And by black market I mean, ya know, the market. Now, reading a little of the history of this company (even Wiki has an alarming review of the game and the company) and especially the companies leaders one wonders if perhaps they just didn't give a damn. Or... something else.

    Reminds me of the economist/criminologist William Black, who said that the best way to rob a bank is to be a banker.

  • by Jared Beekman ( 2887399 ) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @04:00PM (#43351325)
    This is no surprise. The game was a pit for spawn camping trolls, aim bots, and everything bots anyway. When confronted with this via their forums they just ban your account and you loose your cash with a snobbish troll post calling you a troll basically. Just get the Arma mod DayZ or wait for the stand alone.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle