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Game developer Cryptic Studios recently learned of a data breach that occurred more than a year ago.
"The unauthorized access occurred in December 2010, and evidence of this has just been uncovered due to increased security analysis," the company wrote in a statement.
"Details that were potentially accessed include user account names, handles, and encrypted passwords -- although the studio says that the intruder was 'able to crack some portion of the passwords in this database,'" writes Gamasutra's Mike Rose.
"The studio said it had reset passwords and sent emails out to all affected online role-players, but it doesn't yet know whether more sensitive information -- such as real names, dates of birth, billing addresses and some digits of credit cards -- were slurped," writes The Register's Brid-Aine Parnell.
"Luckily for me, and this is kind of sad, even though I received the Cryptic email I won't have to reset my password," writes Neoseeker's Rory Young. "Since the invasion happened in 2010 I've had to reset my online passwords at least five times due to other hacking incidents through other online services. My 2010 are beyond useless. Hooray for me?"
"Cryptic is only the latest in a long, long line of games companies which have suffered unfortunate security incidents and this attempt pales in comparison to the disastrous Sony hack last year which exposed 77 million users and resulted in a 24 day outage for the PSN online service," notes Broadband Genie's Matt Powell. "MMOs in particular are a target of hackers, both for the personal data and value of virtual items which can be sold for real life currency."