Last week was a bad week for Blizzard and Battle.Net with the security being compromised and players passwords being nabbed. Blizzard were reasonably quick to inform everyone, but now the data is in the hands of hackers, how safe are the passwords with Blizzard’s method of encryption?
In a new article on ArsTechnica, they take an in-depth look at the possible encryption methods used by Blizzard and how long it would take a hacker to decrypt the passwords based on the information we do know about the encryption.
Mike Morhaime stated that the system was “designed to make it extremely difficult to extract the actual password” and also “NOT enough for anyone to gain access to Battle.net accounts”, but as we all know nothing is impossible and it’s not just your BattleNet account you need protect. Hackers will try information gained on email services for example on the off chance you use the same password, so let’s hope all user’s passwords are unique to Battle.Net.
When we posted the the news up of the hack, we urged you all to change your passwords which I hope you have all now done after you’d removed your face from your palm.
Read the article and then get your password changed as soon as possible just to be safe if you have not done so already.