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The War Z Taken Offline Following Hack

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the will-hack-for-brains dept.

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An anonymous reader writes with this tidbit from Net Security: "Players of The War Z, a first-person zombie survival game, have been notified of a breach of the developer's forum and game databases and the theft of user data contained in them. 'The data accessed included email addresses used to log-in to the forum, forum passwords which we encrypt, email addresses used to log-in to the game, encrypted game passwords as well as in-game character names and the IP addresses from which players log-in to the forum and to the game,' the developer explained ...There is no mention of what encryption algorithm they use to encrypt the passwords, nor whether they are 'salted,' so their advice to users about immediately changing the passwords they used for the forum and the account is more than fitting."

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Encryption (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347061)

I hope they used better encryption than ROT26.

Re:Encryption (3, Funny)

Rinisari (521266) | about a year ago | (#43347103)

Since you seem wise in the ways of encryption, please help me decrypt this ROT26 message:

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine

Re:Encryption (1)

mcneely.mike (927221) | about a year ago | (#43348545)

Decrypted, it says: Drink New Coke!

Re:Encryption (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347141)

I'm not sure if you followed this games initial launch to the general public on Steam but after that cluster I'd be surprised if everything wasn't stored in plain text.

Re:Encryption (1)

NIX365 (2708889) | about a year ago | (#43348457)

I'd be willing to bet money that everything was stored in plain text.

Re:Encryption (1)

Ritzon (2892429) | about a year ago | (#43402961)

I ended up buying the game to get into alpha... after 2 days i called and got my money back. But I still have a forum account but I did not get any emails about them being hacked which annoys me since they still have my information -.-

It's okay (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347081)

My passwords were infected with the zombie virus anyway.

Give me your answer, do... (1)

Zelaron (1358987) | about a year ago | (#43347095)

I'm not sure whether the crackers or the developers are more deserving to be brought along for this ride:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAa14HpM-1o [youtube.com]

Wasn't this the same game that... (1, Insightful)

gabereiser (1662967) | about a year ago | (#43347143)

...promised an unhackable infrastructure. Where they went on and on last october about how much security they have and how people can't hack in TWZ? I do remember that as I was paying $19.99 for silver founders pack and access to the game. Within a month there were aim-bots and wall-hacks and now, their entire database is compromised. This company is a joke.

stop putting your comments (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347577)

into the subject box!

Re:stop putting your comments (2)

gabereiser (1662967) | about a year ago | (#43350067)

made you read it, didn't I?

Re:Wasn't this the same game that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43348647)

Considering they lied about a lot of "features" on release (server/map sizes and more) which made the game seem much better then it actually was (and I'm going to assume that these lies were intended to be in the game), I'm not really surprised that someone stole what seems to be every bit of data they had. I'm going have a wild guess and say it was done by someone pissed off by the overall poor business practice and shoddy game filled with oh so many issues.

Re:Wasn't this the same game that... (0)

rwa2 (4391) | about a year ago | (#43349487)

I'm just a bit miffed that this was supposed to effectively be the dedicated engine to follow-up the DayZ mod to Arma II, which people and critics seemed to really enjoy for being hardcore, despite the limitations of using the Arma II engine?

So is it really that the original gameplay of the DayZ mod wasn't that great when it hit a "mainstream" title? Or is the WarZ engine just crap compared to Arma II?

Re:Wasn't this the same game that... (4, Informative)

TomatoCo (1817936) | about a year ago | (#43349615)

This was absolutely not by the same people as DayZ.

Re:Wasn't this the same game that... (4, Informative)

gabereiser (1662967) | about a year ago | (#43350057)

+1 This was a separate company capitalizing on DayZ success with their own game based off War Inc. engine. Hammer Point Interactive were developers for War Inc.

Re:Wasn't this the same game that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43350169)

Nope, you're thinking of the DayZ Standalone, which hasn't been released yet. The WarZ was a hack job rushed out the door to try capitalizing on DayZ's momentum. They even went so far as to setup their site to mimic the look and feel of DayZMod.com and brand their content updates with similar sounding code-names. They're a bunch of really shifty pieces of work.

Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (0)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#43347153)

This should have run its course by now, shouldn't it? It seems that the zombie craze is lasting even longer than the vampire craze we had a few years ago.

I'm betting on space aliens for the next one.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (4, Informative)

dunezone (899268) | about a year ago | (#43347223)

Considering The Walking Dead is pulling in on average 10.5 million viewers each Sunday (including myself), I would say we are far from the end. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Walking_Dead_episodes [wikipedia.org]

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347269)

And don't forget in June the movie 'World War Z' is coming out and looks great!

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (2)

mad flyer (589291) | about a year ago | (#43347703)

Sorry to jump on the 'book was better' hipcrowd... but as a fan of the book and (shorter) audiobook... I'm really not looking forward to this movie...

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

DrXym (126579) | about a year ago | (#43348589)

The book obviously needs some adaptation to make a good movie but it looks like the only things the filmmakers took from the book were its title and the basic premise.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43348653)

And lets not even get into the whole fast-running, corpse-y tidal waves of zombies shtick. Did Brooks have any creative control at all, or did they knock him out and toss him in the basement?

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

DrXym (126579) | about a year ago | (#43350861)

I don't mind fast zombies and I liked the Dawn of the Dead remake. I just think this film looks lame especially the physics defying zombies. Maybe the trailer has focused on the action and there is an intelligent and deep movie underneath. I'm not putting money on it though.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

DrXym (126579) | about a year ago | (#43348551)

World War Z looks great if you want PG-13 friendly action and CG zombies.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43349447)

World War Z looks great if you want PG-13 friendly action and CG zombies.

Oh, sorry, my mistake. I forgot that all action had to be X-rated and we can only have real zombies being torn apart by shotgun blasts and knives to the face. I'll be sure to push that change to fix the world's movie-watching habits immediately.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

DrXym (126579) | about a year ago | (#43355579)

Oh sorry my mistake. I didn't realise I was forbidden from offering my opinions on a website designed expressly for that purpose. If you prefer Twilight style zombies, or CG zombie swarms you too are free to argue that point. Even though it would be wrong.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (4, Interesting)

Vanderhoth (1582661) | about a year ago | (#43347267)

I actually heard an interesting theory on that from a student I was mentoring. He claimed that when Democrats are in the white house zombies are popular, When Republicans are in it's vampires.

His reasoning was that the political parties play on subconscious fears of what that party generally stands for.
Democrats are generally in the socialist direction; So people are afraid of just being one in a crowd of many.
Republicans are generally everyone for themselves; Let the few rich/powerful/strong do as they wish with little regulation.

I wish I could explain it as well as he did. Obviously there's a bit of a wake so Twilight was written when Bush was in, but the movies where part of the wake that trailed over to Obama's administration.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (2)

iamjonah (1702570) | about a year ago | (#43347325)

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#43347601)

It's scary how damn insightful some of the writing on that site is...

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

Belial6 (794905) | about a year ago | (#43350691)

I think that Cracked is telling a Macro joke. Even if you never read any of their funny articles, It is pretty damn funny that a second rate Mad Magazine knockoff would reinvent itself as a comedy website that while funny is also insightful with real pearls of wisdom.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#43347555)

Doesn't hold water, some of the better zombie movies were made when republicans were in power, like the new version of Dawn of the Dead, or the early Resident Evils. Zombies have an enduring appeal because it works with on different levels for different people. Some see them as just good scares, some see them as survivalist fantasy, some the strategic and tactical elements, some as social satire, others as tense psychological thrillers, it's a multifaceted form of entertainment.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

prelelat (201821) | about a year ago | (#43348379)

Dawn of the Dead was conceptualized during the Nixon years and started filming during Carters years in office.

Resident Evil was developed during the Clinton years for sure.

Walking dead was an adaptation of a comic book that was started in 2003 during Bush Jr. election and what people most think of as starting the current craze.

I frankly never figured zombies went away neither do vampires I think people just like to see patterns.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43349471)

except you have it reversed.

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about a year ago | (#43350139)

There is much more to the story. :-)

Considering that the mind turns into a zombie-state when watching TV I would have to agree that the popularity of zombies is due to the subconscious-archtypes being projected so people will become aware of who/what they are. Zombies are symbolic that people don't know how to apply critical thinking skills.

Vampires are also symbolic for stealing energy -- that is, having you focus on unnecessary bullshit like some war on inanimate object _X_, false idols that entertain you and produce nothing of lasting value to change the existing situation, etc. so that you will never notice the REAL problems. Namely that greed is a like a cancer upon society, and corrupts everything it touches: Wall Street, Politics, Banks, etc.

There is a pattern & reason for everything even if we don't understand it (yet).

Re:Aren't we about done with this zombie craze? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43348737)

This should have run its course by now, shouldn't it? It seems that the zombie craze is lasting even longer than the vampire craze we had a few years ago.

In the context of video games, at least, zombies are convenient cannon fodder. They're in the class of "faceless hordes of acceptable targets": Monsters or other things that make for great destructible things to shoot (complete with satisfying indications of damage, like, in this case, easily-severed limbs or splattering body fluids) WITHOUT the uncomfortable stigma that comes from killing living human beings or similar*. Or in other words, they can permanently be identified as "enemies" no matter what social changes occur in the real world**, and they're an "enemy" that can come in large, disposable groups (unlike, say, vampires, which are commonly associated with being single evil creatures that are elusive and hard to take down).

This also applies in a minor way to movies. In movies, of course, big explosions sell well, as do lots and lots of gunplay and violence. Zombies come in handy there, too, as this means there's things the protagonists can shoot with big bangy guns that make really loud noises that take advantage of theater sound systems and actually hit things, rather than have scenes set up where absolutely every shot fired has to miss, else they start running out of antagonists. Zombies also tend to travel in hordes AND take over chunks of civilization, meaning there's also no inconvenient innocent bystanders who need to scatter to safety before the guns come out. Just blindly fire big loud automatic weapons into a crowd of human-like-but-not-really-human monsters. No fuss, no muss, you've got something marketable without worrying about pesky decency standards.

So really, zombies as a handy monster to battle aren't going away soon. As long as there's a need for something to shoot, hit, blow up, or chop apart, zombies will be one of the most convenient targets.

*: Yes, besides the trolls out there making up some "zombie rights groups" just to disrupt rational conversation and be spiteful contrarian jerks.
**: No, "omg teh ZOMBI APOCALYPSE!!!1!1^_^" isn't happening. Grow up.

Researchers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347163)

I'm sure it was well intentioned researchers who just wanted to show that their security was flawed. These hackers should be celebrated! /s

Old News (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347169)

This was posted on 4chan /v/ about a week ago, along with mega.co.nz links to the leaked databases and the server software, everyone thought it was an early April fools day joke.

Or close enough... (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#43347707)

> "forum passwords which we encrypt, email addresses used to log-in to the game, encrypted game passwords"

"We feel confident they will not successfully crack the encryption because zombies are mindless."

Re:Or close enough... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43348051)

My question is: why are you encrypting your passwords instead of using a one-way hash?

FFS (1)

Iniamyen (2440798) | about a year ago | (#43347837)

Another zombie-survival-themed game. Serves them right.

They've had their 15 minutes!!! Stop with the zombies! Let's please leave them with the Donald Trumps and spinners of history.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch o' devs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347919)

Considering the attitude those game devs have, this was just a hack waiting to happen. If only they'd just shut down and give everyone their wasted money back.

Playerbase furious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43347947)

All two of them threatened with quitting the game for good.

Game is not really "offline" (1)

davebo357 (730081) | about a year ago | (#43348487)

It should be noted that while the website forums were taken down after this breach last week, the game itself has remained online aside from some downtime on Sunday night. I've been seeing a lot of articles lately that just say War Z is offline but that's not very accurate. I'll admit I pre-ordered this game back in October when I thought the idea had a lot of potential, and didn't realize this was the infamous developer behind Big Rigs. I've had fun with friends and the drama has been bonus entertainment every step of the way, but frankly I hope the hackers just release the game files and someone with a little more ability and creativity takes over. Alternatively, sell it to that Korean company that just buys bankrupt studios' properties and makes them Free2Play.

Day Z I mean War Z (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43349275)

This game should be deleted from history, it has been nothing but a morbidly hilarious downward spiral of bad choices and horrible development.

Re:Day Z I mean War Z (1)

davebo357 (730081) | about a year ago | (#43349523)

All the more reason to not delete it from history. Watch it closely and record its downward spiral. This game and APB should serve as cautionary tales to future developers of how not to run your company.

Why not encrypt everything? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43349605)

At the rate information is stolen, wouldn't this be safer?

Hacked? (3, Insightful)

jeff13 (255285) | about a year ago | (#43350563)

Just a thought, but, I'm a bit amazed at the large scope of this. That's a lot of data that's just disappeared and can be sold on the black market. And by black market I mean, ya know, the market. Now, reading a little of the history of this company (even Wiki has an alarming review of the game and the company) and especially the companies leaders one wonders if perhaps they just didn't give a damn. Or... something else.

Reminds me of the economist/criminologist William Black, who said that the best way to rob a bank is to be a banker.

Great Idea Killed by Idiots (3, Informative)

Jared Beekman (2887399) | about a year ago | (#43351325)

This is no surprise. The game was a pit for spawn camping trolls, aim bots, and everything bots anyway. When confronted with this via their forums they just ban your account and you loose your cash with a snobbish troll post calling you a troll basically. Just get the Arma mod DayZ or wait for the stand alone.

Players of The War Z have been notified??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43351759)

""Players of The War Z, a first-person zombie survival game, have been notified of a breach of the developer's forum and game databases and the theft of user data contained in them."

Bullshit. The only way to be "notified" is to try and login to the forums. No other way. Game simply refuses to run. So BULLSHIT. It it wasn't for the 3rd party stories in the news most of us would have no idea.

I see they did leave up everything on their web site except the forums. They did not bother to remove access to buying the game. What bunch of losers this these people have turned out to be. I would half bet it is one of there on ruskies that hacked it all for customer data.

Re:Players of The War Z have been notified??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43351785)

oh and calling me an anonymous coward because your web page does not allow me to enter my name - Fuck you

Re:Players of The War Z have been notified??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43353035)

pffft. you could've signed you post. or you could sign up for this site. alternatively you can log in here with *shudder* facebook *shudder* or google+...the list goes on. but trust me, you'd rather be anonymous here :)

Re:Players of The War Z have been notified??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43353401)

Really I had a guest pass and i got an email saying that all my data has been breached. if you so i don't know why you didn't.
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