Bohemia Hack Snags User Data

Bohemia Hack Snags User Data

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Fortunately encryption protects your data.

Hackers have infiltrated Bohemia Interactive, makers of modern warfare series Arma and zombie mod DayZ, and have made off with usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords. Fortunately Bohemia's password encryption makes it unlikely that anything very awful will be done with the data, and since Bohemia doesn't store credit card details you aren't likely to be at serious risk as a result of the breach.

However user passwords will already have been reset by the time you read this. If you are affected by this security breach, you should go over to Bohemia's site and follow the instructions there to get your new password. You won't be able to log on to any of Bohemia's sites or forums until this is done.

At least it was only hackers, and not a zombie apocalypse. Though I suppose they could have been zombie hackers. You can never be sure.

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Unfortunately unless your password is random and at least 8 characters long you may not be as safe as you think simply because the password data is encrypted:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/08/passwords-under-assault/
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/how-i-became-a-password-cracker/
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/05/how-crackers-make-minced-meat-out-of-your-passwords/

TLDR: Unless your passwords are long random strings (consisting of a good mix of mixed case, numbers, and special characters if possible) NEVER let the phrase "Don't worry, they only got the encrypted password list" reassure you.

Well, that went as well as we could have hoped. Thank heavens they don't store credit card numbers.

I think it's safe to assume it was Zombie Hackers.

Zombies don't like how they're depicted in videogames, and in DayZ, they're not much of a threat. Just a target. Nobody else would have the motivation for this.

so...... they hacked bohemia and made off with the equivalent of jack squat (and jack just left town). Are we supposed to be impressed with them or should the tar and feathering begin at an undisclosed location?

This is the best response by their site when double-checking my security:

Login or e-mail address doesn't exist

I'm just glad that BHI never required me to register like that.

Maybe it were the War Z devs wanting to steal over some customers.

CUnk:
Unfortunately unless your password is random and at least 8 characters long you may not be as safe as you think simply because the password data is encrypted:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/08/passwords-under-assault/
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/how-i-became-a-password-cracker/
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/05/how-crackers-make-minced-meat-out-of-your-passwords/

TLDR: Unless your passwords are long random strings (consisting of a good mix of mixed case, numbers, and special characters if possible) NEVER let the phrase "Don't worry, they only got the encrypted password list" reassure you.

bruteforcing does nto care about encryption and really is only viable after a hack nowadays because any decent system ahs anti brutforcing measures built in, so only removing this they can try bruteforcing, meanign they need the data locally.
as far as encryptions go, if you use modern encrpytion and salt it anyone who is capable of cracking that wont care about a game password, so thats pretty darn safe just from a "noone cares" perspective.

as for bruteforcing, yep, bruteforcing happens. however it takes bloody long time to do so. the "contset winner" in the article uses Nvidia cards to do that, which is kinda stupid, as whole Nvidia is great for gaming, bruteforcing goes up to 10 times faster on ATI due to different way it processes its calculation (basicaly ATI cards are more work/crack thing, geforce are more gaming thing).
The guy allegedly cycles though 6,2 billion combinations every second. i guess thats doable with a dedicated machine and system that is even capable to respond to attempt to do this (really on the internet as fast as you can go is server response time).

I got a password that is Case sensitive alphanumeric, which is 14 characters long. to bruteforce with 6,2 billion combinations per second it would take him 63.428.633 years theoretically. good luck
It woudl take that machine 7 days to crack even the simplest password i use (case insensitive latin aphabet, 11 chracters) for throw away sites where i dont really care about them. Of courlse they could use zombie computers to do the task, but reliability there is an issue.
Also, i hate when websites put your password into 8-12 character limit. thats jsut shitty restriction and nothing else. and it gives the target range eliminating much other stuff. besides you can always play poker and have a 1 character password and expect the hacker to start at at least 3 and thus fail. (encrypted password is same length regardless of length of individual password).

Tsaba:
so...... they hacked bohemia and made off with the equivalent of jack squat (and jack just left town). Are we supposed to be impressed with them or should the tar and feathering begin at an undisclosed location?

most hackers hack not to do damage but as either "proof that they can" or a race/bet between themselves.

 

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