The Hacker News Logo
Subscribe to Newsletter

The Hacker News - Cybersecurity News and Analysis: Gaming website

Account Takeover Vulnerability Found in Popular EA Games Origin Platform

Account Takeover Vulnerability Found in Popular EA Games Origin Platform

June 26, 2019Mohit Kumar
A popular gaming platform used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide has been found vulnerable to multiple security flaws that could have allowed remote hackers to takeover players' accounts and steal sensitive data. The vulnerabilities in question reside in the "Origin" digital distribution platform developed by Electronic Arts (EA)—the world's second-largest gaming company with over 300 million users—that allows users to purchase and play some of the most popular video games including Battlefield, Apex Legends, Madden NFL, and FIFA. The Origin platform also manages users EA Games account authentication and allows them to find friends, join games, and manage their profiles. Discovered by researchers at Check Point and CyberInt, the vulnerabilities when chained together could have allowed attackers to hijack gamer's EA account just by convincing them into opening an official webpage from the EA Games website. To perform this attack, as shown in th
Hacker Who DDoSed Sony, EA and Steam Gaming Servers Pleads Guilty

Hacker Who DDoSed Sony, EA and Steam Gaming Servers Pleads Guilty

November 09, 2018Wang Wei
A 23-year-old hacker from Utah pleaded guilty this week to launching a series of denial-of-service (DoS) attacks against multiple online services, websites, and online gaming companies between 2013 and 2014. According to a Justice Department (DoJ) press release, Austin Thompson , a.k.a. "DerpTroll," took down servers of several major gaming platforms including Electronic Arts' Origin service, the Sony PlayStation network , and Valve Software's Steam, between December 2013 and January 2014, by flooding them with enough internet traffic. Thompson then typically used the Twitter account the @DerpTrolling handle to announce his attacks, subsequently posting screenshots or other photos of the server being unavailable after launching DDoS attacks. The attacks usually took down game servers and related computers of the victim companies for at least a few hours at a time, causing at least $95,000 in damages to the gaming companies around the world. "Denial-of
Epic Games Forum Hacked, Once Again — Over 800,000 Gamers' Data Stolen

Epic Games Forum Hacked, Once Again — Over 800,000 Gamers' Data Stolen

August 23, 2016Swati Khandelwal
If you are a fan of Unreal Tournament from Epic Games or ever have participated in discussions on the online forums run by Epic Games, you possibly need to change your forum password as soon as possible. It seems the Unreal Engine and its creators, Epic Games' forums have recently been compromised by an unknown hacker or a group of hackers, who have stolen more than 800,000 forum accounts with over half a Million from the Unreal Engine's forums alone. The hackers get their hands on the forum accounts by exploiting a known vulnerability resided in an outdated version of the vBulletin forum software, which allowed them to get access to the full database. Epic believes registration information that includes usernames, scrambled passwords, email addresses, dates of birth, IP addresses, and date of joining, may have been obtained in the attack. "We believe a recent Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forum compromise revealed email addresses and other data entered in
Free Online Game website offers $13,000 Reward to expose details on DDoS attack

Free Online Game website offers $13,000 Reward to expose details on DDoS attack

February 20, 2014Anonymous
Currently there are more than Million people worldwide playing Windows Games, Computer Games and Online Video Games, at least an hour a day, but the gaming servers are often insecure and misconfigured. Yesterday, a popular multiplayer Free Online Game ' Wurm ' servers were knocked offline by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Servers were targeted shortly after its most recent update. The Online Game company announced a Bounty Reward of  €10,000  ($13,000) for information about the attacker involved in the recent DDOS attack .  As the gaming servers go down, the company will lose gamers, reputation and revenue. The Wurn Online Game developer said: " We can offer 10,000 Euro for any tips or evidence leading to a conviction of the person responsible for this attack. " Free Online Game service was already planning to change the server, but the DDoS attack made the gaming application offline for more than a day. " Shortly after todays update we wer
Exclusive Offers

Sign up for cybersecurity newsletter and get latest news updates delivered straight to your inbox daily.