Final Fantasy 14 under attack by hackers, says Square Enix
Hackers never give people a break, and massively multiplayer online role-playing games are always a target for dastardly acts of data harvesting. The latest victim? Square Enix is super popular Final Fantasy XIV, the company announced yesterday, is currently experiencing “an attack from a third party” trying to get into its account management system. The solution? The company Is to advise people to access their profiles and change their passwords.
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Square Enix took to the game’s official website to deliver the news. IN the blog post, the company said this third-party entity “uses a combination of email addresses and passwords that appear to have been obtained from other online services of other companies” to pry into Square Enix’s account management system. It doesn’t seem like any information has been leaked yet. However, Square Enix said that in addition to investigating the effects of the attack by “restricting access to accounts that we believe may have been compromised by unauthorized users,” you should really consider changing your account password. In fact, the company is so adamant about this that it sends out emails to potentially vulnerable users, so you might want to check your inbox.
“Using the same email address and password combination for your Square Enix account as you do for other online services increases the possibility of a third party gaining unauthorized access to your Square Enix account,” the company said, urging players to change their passwords now . . Furthermore, even if the email address and password combination are not identical to those used for other services, there is still a high risk of your account being compromised if your password contains easily recognizable patterns or sequences of characters, such as your date of birth. .”
Kotaku has contacted Square Enix for comment.
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While Square Enix’s blog post says the game is experiencing “increasing numbers of unauthorized access attempts,” the exact extent of the effort to break into the account management system is unknown. With about. 19 million active accounts and around 40 million subscribers registered in Final Fantasy XIV, there are many potential vulnerabilities for the company to be concerned about. If the attack persists, the company said it may initiate a password reset for all Square Enix accounts. Big stuff, especially considering your Square Enix account contains tons of personal information like your date of birth and payment information. So if you are one FFXIV player, it’s probably a good idea to change your password right now. And make sure to activate two-factor authentication on your account to extra security.