DayZ Forums Hacked, All Usernames, Emails, and Passwords Exposed - Report

The zombie game's forums have suffered a breach.


The forums for zombie game DayZ have reportedly been compromised. Developer Bohemia is notifying forum members that a "security incident" took place recently and hackers were able to access and download all usernames, emails, and passwords from the game's forums. This is according to NeoGAF and Reddit users who says they received an email from Bohemia informing them of the issue.

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According to the notification, passwords were not stored in a plain text format, but rather "in a more secure form." Still, Bohemia said it recommends you change your password if you use the same one with other sites and services.

"We would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused," Bohemia said.

In an effort to prevent a similar event in the future, the developer said it will replace DayZ's existing IPBoards login system with Bohemia's main Bohemia Account system "within the next two weeks."

"As Bohemia Account is a separate custom-built service currently used by Bohemia Interactive Forums and Store, it offers much better security and its use should prevent similar incidents going forward," it said.

"We ask for your patience over the next few days and weeks as we implement this and other security overhauls, as there are likely to be service interruptions and forum unavailability from time to time. In particular, the forums will be down until migration to the Bohemia Account is complete. We will keep you up to date on vital info and scheduled down-time on the site itself and via our Twitter."

According to DayZ's Twitter account, the game's forums suffered a breach back on January 23, though it's unclear at this time if this is the same one as reported this week. The developer also pulled down DayZ's servers for an hour today, February 4, to implement "security updates."

It is unclear at this time how many accounts were impacted. GameSpot has contacted Bohemia in an attempt to get more details on the timeline of the DayZ forum hack and more; we will update this post with anything we hear back.

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The real problem here is that companies REACT to a data breach rather than PREPARE for one. This is complete idiocy on the part of Bohemia and could have been prevented in the first place. Their attempts at an apology don't fly. Anyone associated with this breach should be mad as hell. In this day and age if your players data is being held insecurely and the company is doing nothing to improve it then the company should be held responsible in a meaningful way. This "I apologize" shit is not going to cut it anymore. There needs to be real consequences for damaging your community of players. Let Bohemia know that you want financial compensation for the unneeded consequences that they put you through.

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Of course, it was sold in a way where you CAN'T get a refund. **** Rocket and his piece of shit that he abandoned.

Avatar image for SweatySasquatch

This game is complete garbage, an incomplete pos product, it will never be finished, and people deserve to get their money back.

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Now to hope they used password encryption like any responsible company.

Avatar image for jinzo9988

I'm sure that much like the game itself, they won't actually finish migrating the board to the new system.

Avatar image for str8killa007

This is the second time Bohemia servers were hacked, they should hire more people to enhance security.

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This is unfair, the Hackers just wanted to lend their talents to actually finishing the game before 2020.

Misunderstood guys.

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@7tizz: Lol.

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@fedor: Do you do any thing other than trolling when commenting?

Avatar image for brn-dn

That's too bad. Maybe now people will think twice about buying unfinished games.

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@7tizz: The title.

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I dont have the game but i feel sorry for those whom accounts were hacked.

Avatar image for mrdinghat

So sick of these data breaches. I try and keep a tight ship when it comes to security, and still people try and undermine it by allowing things like this to happen.

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Yikes. These breaches are so awful

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Can't wait for my grandchildren to play the alpha

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@bioman447: I think you mean your grandchildren's grandchildren.

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Avatar image for djwood84

At least there is finally something to report about DayZ. Because this game is quickly heading towards being labled "vaporware"

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@djwood84: I thought it was labeled vaporware about a year ago.

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@rolento25: I always thought it was labeled "profitable development hell".

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Not BIS, I'm glad it wasn't the main account though otherwise that would be more problematic(For me).