S2 Games Admits Heroes of Newerth Security Breach

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Game developer S2 Games recently acknowledged a password security breach at a third-party software provider that interacts with the account database for the game Heroes of Newerth, and advised anyone who used the same accounts passwords elsewhere to change them immediately.

"We know that only passwords were stolen," S2 Games CEO Marc DeForest wrote in a forum posting. "No credit card or billing information was compromised, as we do not store this information. The security breach occurred when a third-party software that interacts with our account database was hacked. Contrary to some outside reports, the game client was not hacked."

"After becoming aware of the breach, the developers shut down the system for around 10 hours, during which they eliminated password storage issues by removing the ability of third parties to access sensitive information," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "During the downtime, security systems were upgraded to prevent future incidents."

"Over on Reddit, a chap claiming to be behind the hack says he found several security holes but is keeping them secret until S2 has plugged them," writes Shacknews' Alice O'Connor. "If the rash of gaming hacks over recent years hasn't convinced you to start using individual passwords and a password manager like KeePass, well, you really should."