This week we have news of another breach in the gaming world, however it is not in any way, shape or form related to Sony and their handicapping outage last year. Instead, the victim is Blizzard Entertainment and their Battle.net online gaming network. Blizzard, makers of StarCraft, World of Warcraft and Diablo, has had their internal network security compromised and the company has issued emails to customers today. Blizzard has said the email went out to all customers who have used Battle.net, however at the time of this writing, my inbox has not received any such notification. Perhaps I wasn't affected?
The good news is that Blizzard is also saying no financial information has been breached to their knowledge, so you're safe in that regard. Also, while email addresses to lots of non-Chinese users of Battle.net were snatched along with passwords, those passwords were scrambled, which cannot be said for Yahoo! and other companies' breaches as of late. Scrambling or "hashing" passwords, is a common practice in development and has become the accepted, secure way to handle all customer login activity.
Who is responsible for this and what steps is Blizzard taking to ensure this won't happen again? The path to the answers resides safely and securely after the break.