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Raptr service hacked and accounts compromised

by Mark Tyson on 2 February 2015, 11:35

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), PC

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Raptr has recently confirmed that its security has been compromised. The company has been sending official emails to account holders urging them to change their passwords, as user names, email addresses, passwords, and first and last names may have been accessed in the breach.

The attack on the video game-themed social networking site follows the recent DDOS cyber attacks against both PSN and Microsoft's Xbox Live platforms. The Raptr service was founded in 2007, and is used primarily by PC and console gamers to track Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network achievements and trophies. It is particularly popular with AMD Radeon graphics cards owners as it is bundled with the AMD Catalyst driver distributions.

"We're very sorry to inform you that some Raptr user data may have been recently compromised in an attack similar to hacking activities that have targeted other high-profile sites and services such as Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network." Raptr Founder and CEO Dennis Fong said in an official statement.

Users are encouraged to change their passwords immediately via the Rapty account page, and are also strongly advised to change login details on other services they use which share the same username and password login as their Raptr account be avoid being vulnerable to unauthorised access.

"Although the potential risk to Raptr users is pretty minimal, we urge you to access any accounts on other sites and services in which you use the same login and password associated with your Raptr account and change the related password(s) immediately," wrote the Raptr CEO.

The statement assures users that each user's associated Raptr Reward Points should be secure from any outside tampering, even if their accounts were compromised. This is thanks to a two-factor authentication system used to help protect the redemption of points, a reward system used to earn free games, video cards, beta keys, discounts and even custom-built gaming PCs.



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Is this the one that AMD tries to install as part of your drivers?
More passwords to change :(

Wish the authorities would go after these hackers and make them realise there were consequences……because at the moment it seems that sharing a movie is a worse crime than hacking an account.
kalniel
Is this the one that AMD tries to install as part of your drivers?

Yeah
Good job I didn't register it then. Updated catalyst last week and this came with it… Seemed like a good idea at the time but it tells me to play games a few times before it can optimize them.

By that time I have already manually done it myself!
kalniel
Is this the one that AMD tries to install as part of your drivers?
Erm, yes, as the article says
It is particularly popular with AMD Radeon graphics cards owners as it is bundled with the AMD Catalyst driver distributions.
shaithis
More passwords to change :( Wish the authorities would go after these hackers and make them realise there were consequences……because at the moment it seems that sharing a movie is a worse crime than hacking an account.
+1 on this. Presumably the case because hacking someone's account doesn't lose some large business (with an expensive legal department) any money. Unless that someone sues said large business for negligence of course. ;) I'd vote for bringing back public humiliation for these hackers, unless it's done for criminal gain in which case a small cell with no tv etc.

I'm okay in this case because my AMD Gaming Evolved/Raptr password is unique (thank the maker for password managers!), but it's still a pain to have to change it again. But still no email from Raptr - guess they're busy trying to configure a mailshot. So thanks Hexus :hexlub: for the heads-up.