Over the weekend the Epic Games Forums admitted to being hacked. My brother James got this cheerful email:
Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked. After some downtime, they're back up and running now.
The hackers may have obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plaintext passwords weren't revealed, but it's possible that those passwords could be obtained by a brute-force attack on the encrypted passwords. Therefore, we have reset all passwords. Your new password at the bottom of this message.
The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) hasn't been compromised. Thankfully, none of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other financial data.
We're sorry for the inconvenience, and appreciate everyone's patience as we wrestle our servers back under control.
Founder, Epic Games Inc
So who else has been smacked around by the LulzSec hacker group's antics over the past week? EVE Online, Minecraft, Bethesda, Nintendo, PBS, the US Senate, and Sony Pictures (GameSpot).
It's funny how the forums for EVE at least were getting comments along the lines of "Hey it was funny when you went after Sony and the government, but now you're lame and just pissing us off."
It's not like any amount of complaining on forums will get these guys to stop stomping on servers and consumer services on the internet, but they need to understand that gaming is big business. And ISP's and carriers are big business.
If the carriers bring their proposals for low caps, throttled connections, and traffic limitations for consumers to the gaming companies as a solution to consumers hammering their networks with the help of infected computers their owners don't even know are infected, this could be the beginning of the end for the relatively discrimination-free internet we all want, an internet that is one of the best things to ever happen to video gaming and computing in general.
Is that what the hackers want?