Experts On Major Activision Hack Reportedly Compromises Over 500k CoD Accounts

Over 500,000 Activision accounts have reportedly been hacked in a new Activision data breach on September 20, leaving Call of Duty players in limbo. All Call of Duty players should be on notice after a major Activision hack has left millions of accounts in limbo. As of the time of publishing, over 500,000 Activision accounts have reportedly been hacked, with log-ins being leaked publicly. Hackers are then changing the account details, making it so the original owners can’t recover them. The breach was first reported by ‘oRemyy’ on Twitter. This was then confirmed by other content creators, like TheGamingRevolution, Prototype Warehouse, and Okami.

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Kim DeCarlis, CMO ,  PerimeterX
September 22, 2020
The compromised accounts can then be used to commit fraud.
Stolen personal information is sold on the dark web and used by other cybercriminals to launch automated account takeover (ATO) attacks on other websites, where the same user might have had a registered account. The compromised accounts can then be used to commit fraud, which not only hurts the affected user but also the business whose website was targeted. For enterprises with an online presence, ....
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Boris Cipot, Senior Sales Engineer ,  Synopsys
September 22, 2020
Many accounts have a collection of virtual goods which can be acquired by gamers for real money.
Gaming is not simply entertainment for children, it is a thriving industry with highly sophisticated technology. For example, games now offer highly advanced simulators whereby individuals can embody a soldier, fighter pilot or even a football player. With the support of Virtual Reality technology, these games can become even more realistic. Moreover, we are witnessing a rise in E-sports, where to ....
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Chris Hauk, Consumer Privacy Champion,  Pixel Privacy
September 22, 2020
COD players need to react quickly by changing their passwords.
Looks like it's time for Call of Duty players to do the password change shuffle. COD players need to react quickly by changing their passwords and making sure that they didn't use the same password on other accounts. Plus, since Activision hasn't seen fit to offer two-factor authentication on player accounts, COD'ers will need to keep an eye on their accounts and hope for the best. Also, keep an e ....
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Etay Maor, CSO,  IntSights
September 22, 2020
Online gaming has been a target of attackers for a several years now
Online gaming has been a target of attackers for a several years now, with World of Warcraft, Zynga and Nintendo being just some of the big names that have been previously targeted. While in some games the accounts themselves can be monetized after the compromise, (for example when WoW was targeted, high ranking characters and special weapons could be sold to the highest bidder) in many cases the ....
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Martin Jartelius, CSO ,  Outpost24
September 21, 2020
Still shy of the 77 million accounts exposed on the Playstation Network breach, this is a substantial breach.
Still shy of the 77 million accounts exposed on the Playstation Network breach, this is a substantial breach. In parts the cleanup will be a large undertaking for Activision, we can only hope backups allow restoring original contact data, resetting access and managing the users who still cannot regain access which should be a smaller group. But also for anyone reusing information for the accounts ....
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David Kennefick, Product Architect,  edgescan
September 21, 2020
Much like all supposed breaches, you should be cautious and change any associated passwords.
While reports of a database leak are unconfirmed, it might be worth to go and change your Activision passwords just in case. In general, it is best practice to enable MFA where possible, especially on accounts where there is valuable information available. This option doesn’t seem to be available on Activision.com, and there are also a few questionable password policies including limits of 20 c ....
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Niamh Muldoon, Senior Director of Trust and Security EMEA,  OneLogin
September 21, 2020
Strong authentication is a requirement to implement strong access control to make it harder for cybercriminals to access accounts.
This just goes to show the importance of multi-factor authentication. Strong authentication is a requirement to implement strong access control to make it harder for cybercriminals to access accounts. It is also a reminder that users should be setting strong and unique passwords, employing a password manager if necessary to avoid reusing passwords across accounts. Affected individuals need to be ....
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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
September 21, 2020
People should always take care to not reuse passwords and secure their accounts with 2FA wherever it is made available.
Any account that is created online, even if it has no direct monetary value, or seems trivial, has some value to criminals. Therefore, criminals are always looking for ways to compromise accounts and use them for nefarious purposes. Many games require accounts to be created to play online. For many players, this is a trivial affair and not much thought is given to security. However, this is prec ....
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