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.