Japanese MMOG suffers privacy leak

Game Garden warns that e-mail addresses and game logs of hundreds of thousands of Xenepic Online players may have been compromised.

24 Comments

Game Garden, an online game developer and provider, announced today that personal user information from Xenepic Online, a free massively multiplayer online role-playing game for PCs, was inadvertently compromised. Game Garden manages the server on behalf of NHN Japan Corporation, the game's provider.

The information was mistakenly stored on an open download server, potentially allowing anyone to access it using certain exploits. Data for 297,805 users was put at risk, including their game-server usernames and passwords, e-mail addresses, and game log files, which contain information on items purchased and chat history.

However, it seems that no payment information, such as credit card information, was among the compromised data. In a press release, Game Garden apologized to Xenepic users for the security failure and pledged to "further consolidate internal management to prevent similar incidents in the future."

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 24 comments about this story
24 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for _Sam_
_Sam_

31483

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

That's not good....

Avatar image for VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

1083

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

If this game is free, why do they need the player's credit card numbers?

Avatar image for Iramek
Iramek

231

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

yeah, i'll stick w/ my pay game. last thing i need is a hack from a slip up like this

Avatar image for Belegdea
Belegdea

55

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

At least they admitted to it and apologized

Avatar image for LordAndrew
LordAndrew

7355

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

That's not good. Not good at all.

Avatar image for runstalker
runstalker

2894

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

I suppose that's one perk of pay-to-play MMOs: user account security is usually pretty tight. Whereas with a free MMO, you never know. The support staff is smaller and less flexible, so mistakes like this seep in. Unless the publisher has a very familiar background in server security management (*cough* ArenaNet founders learned about hacks during Diablo's heyday and made certain that Guild Wars was impervious), privacy errors will happen.

Avatar image for Draggunof
Draggunof

109

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I saw this on another big free european MMORPG where I play. Many people got hacked, hope they could fix it in a good way. Farewell~~!!

Avatar image for Goze
Goze

672

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I think they should be able to monitor uploads from their servers, right? So they should be able to see if and how many people actually downloaded this information...

Avatar image for ninelivesx
ninelivesx

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Oi tudo bem?

Avatar image for lord-azrael
lord-azrael

2452

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

hahahhahahahahh

Avatar image for OfficialBed
OfficialBed

17668

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

haha!...oh man....kinda sad

Avatar image for zalanth
zalanth

855

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Damn that sucks. Could be a lot worse though since no credit card info is involved there.

Avatar image for UltimaCloudX
UltimaCloudX

95

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Where's Donald Trump when you need him?

Avatar image for IgnatiusX
IgnatiusX

1019

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

I can see the idiot that copy/pasted them to the download server getting his head smashed open by rampaging, angry-as-hell Japanese gamers.

Avatar image for abelmaestro
abelmaestro

898

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

some heads will get cutted ... yep yep

Avatar image for comthitnuong
comthitnuong

10093

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

thats gonna hurt them

Avatar image for bacomonk
bacomonk

1763

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

woops

Avatar image for icemancell
icemancell

172

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

wha game is this?

Avatar image for BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

9597

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 22

User Lists: 0

That's gonna cost them

Avatar image for sean4566
sean4566

494

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 7

User Lists: 0

Uh-Oh... Someones in trouble.

Avatar image for Ekustix
Ekustix

483

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

That's a serious delay...

Avatar image for woohooforme
woohooforme

2664

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 0

As long as everything is OK in the end...

Avatar image for ChaosHavok
ChaosHavok

26

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Ouch