Distributed hacking community LulzSec yesterday set its aim squarely on Bethesda and its online FPS game Brink.
The news was delivered via the organisation’s Twitter feed at around 3pm BST yesterday
, with a Tweet stating: ‘We were going to keep this little treasure chest to ourselves, but it appears the hand has been bitten. Say your prayers, Brink users.
This was followed up by a second tweet
saying: ‘Big lulz coming up in the near future. Time to show these bitches how it's done. #Brink #Bethesda #ZeniMax
The group later revealed
, again via its twitter feed, that it would have been ready to carry out the attack yesterday, but it was ‘missing one vital ingredient to complete our victory soup. No ETA, but we're hoping in the next 24 hours.
This seems to be a pretty poor omen for Bethesda and Brink fans, as the LulzSec community has proved to be more than a match for the security systems of Black & Berg Security
and the NHS
over the last few weeks.
Interestingly, the hacking collective later sent another tweet
asking followers to ‘Snap your minds into a new realm, my friends. We did it because they couldn't stop us - and did it we did, as you'll see. We always deliver.
’ This indicates that the hack has been completed.
Bethesda has yet to comment on the threats, but the game publisher is likely to be frantically working behind the scenes to make sure its systems are as secure as possible, and that any sensitive information is securely encrypted. Whether or not this will do any good remains to be seen, however.
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Bethesda has released a statement
confirming the hack attempt over the weekend. The statement says that 'while no personal financial information or credit card data was obtained, the hackers may have gained access to some user names, email addresses, and/or passwords.
As a result, Bethesda recommends that all users of its community forums change their passwords.