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?It?s a thrill, an adrenaline pump? a tech savy self proclaimed computer nerd told AG about Hacking into high profiled computers.

In a string of high profiled hacking Electronic Arts is the new target.

The video game maker revealed that hackers recently breached a server linked to a message board, stealing customer information in the process.

BioWare, which makes the Mass Effect series and Star Wars: The Old Republic, said an old server had been hacked.

Electronic Arts (EA) said in an undated Q&A post on its site that no credit card data was compromised, nor was any other “sensitive information” like social security numbers. But information including user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, and birth dates may have been stolen, the company added.

The company said that information such as names, phone numbers, CD keys, usernames, encrypted passwords, e-mail and mailing addresses and birth dates may have been compromised, along with any other information gamers may have associated with their EA accounts.

The hackers targeted a bulletin board website for a videogame called “Neverwinter Nights” in the EA attack. Bulletin boards are used by groups to post messages online.

EA said it sent emails to customers explaining that it disabled some potentially affected accounts and reset passwords for others. The company also said it has implemented additional security controls.

?We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers? data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach,? the company told customers. ?We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like Social Security numbers.?

The company automatically reset the passwords of all customers who may have been affected, and encouraged its customers to change any common usernames, e-mail addresses or passwords on other accounts.

EA may be making a particular effort at assuring customers its networks are secure, having just launched Origin, an online gaming and mobile platform similar to Valve?s Steam.

“We will continue to do what is needed to protect your personal information,” the company said on its website.

Source: The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Scoop Art, CNN,

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