Quick little tale of caution for gamers with an Ubisoft account: The publishing powerhouse has just sent word around to recommend a password reset after learning one of their websites has been compromised. While those affected will receive an email, additional information can be found here.
Ubisoft has posted an official statement regarding the intrusion. While the entirety of the prepared statement can be found by visiting the link above, here’s a snippet:
“We recently found that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain unauthorized access to some of our online systems. We instantly took steps to close off this access, to begin a thorough investigation with relevant authorities, internal and external security experts, and to start restoring the integrity of any compromised systems.”
Ubisoft does note that they keep personal payment information separate from their account database, so fortunately no debit or credit card information was obtained. However, the exploitation potentially granted access to user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords.
For security reasons, the studio elected not to go into the specifics of which website was compromised and how the attack occurred, but are currently reevaluating their security infrastructure. Looking to the future, “Ubisoft’s security teams are exploring all available means to expand and strengthen our security measures in order to better protect our customers.”
Do you folks have Ubisoft accounts? I imagine even for those who don’t frequent their various webpages, most gamers have, at the very least, a Uplay account set up to take advantage of Ubisoft’s meta-service within such popular titles as Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. Be sure to reset your password if you fit into that category as well, and stay tuned right here for any more updates as they happen.