Epic Games, an American video game development company based in Cary, North Carolina, now associate of Chinese Tencent Holdings, has taken down its website after they had discovered it’s forums (forums.epicgames.com) were “compromised by a hacker”.
The company is now sending emails to its Epic Games Forum members informing them about that of their forums have been taken offline.
“We are sorry to report that the incident may have resulted in unauthorized access to your username, email address, password, and the date of birth you provided at registration,” the email reads.
The company has said that there is a possibility of any information stored or sent by its users’ using the forums may have been accessed.
However, the company has not collected or maintained any financial information. It has advised its user to be alert for suspicious email such as phishing attempts.
It has said that when the site reopens, the forum member’s password will be reset.
“If you use the same password on this site which you use on other sites, we recommend immediately changing your password on those sites as well,” the email explained.
It is said that the affected forum site covers UDK, Infinity Blade, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, and prior Unreal Tournament games but the separate forum sites covering Unreal Engine 4, Fortnite, and the new Unreal Tournament were not affected.
“To further understand what’s happened and prevent it in the future, we’re working with a computer security firm to identify the nature of the compromise. We will report further information on the forums when they reopen,” the company explained in the mail.