Blizzard Entertainment announced yesterday that their online gaming service Battle.Net has been compromised by hackers. Blizzard stated that key information could have been obtained, including encrypted passwords and personal question information. However, I don’t think they know the full extent of the breach. Blizzard recommends that everyone change their password.
This means that if you’ve played World of WarCraft, StarCraft, Diablo 2 or Diablo 3 in the last two years or so you should change your password.
Additionally, Blizzard stated that those of us using the Battle.Net Authenticator service will get an update, since apparently the information used to link the authenticator with our accounts has also been compromised.
This is another reminder that it is imperative to use randomly-generated, unique passwords for every online service that you use. I employ KeePass on my Windows computer and Android devices. I’m nearing 500 unique passwords, and without such a tool it would be impossible to segregate and remember everything.
By making each password unique, I guarantee that a breach like Blizzard’s doesn’t compromise my other online accounts, like Amazon.com or Gmail.
Big thanks to my buddy and StarCraft 2 team game partner wurmr for the tip.