Blizzard is one of the world’s most popular gaming companies. The company is known most notably for its World of Warcraft MMORPG, but Blizzard has also created such venerable gaming franchises as Diablo and Starcraft.
Unfortunately, Blizzard can’t protect accounts as well as it can make games. Earlier today, it was revealed that Blizzard experienced a serious data leak that could have compromised account data on Battle.net servers.
Starcraft players (and those who play other popular Blizzard games) most likely have Battle.net accounts, so this leak should worry millions of users around the world.
Fortunately, this data leak could have been a lot worse. According to Blizzard, an illegal network instrusion allowed hackers to steal email addresses and encrypted passwords, as well as secret questions and answers. Nonetheless, Blizzard maintains that real addresses, credit card information, and other personal data was not stolen.
Regardless of what Blizzard says, it’s always a good idea to change your password after a data leak like this. The problem reportedly only affects North American players, and it might not be a problem at all until any players start reporting trouble accessing their accounts. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.