Over a million players could have been affected in the breach
Clash of Clans players have been urged to monitor their security after the company behind the hit mobile game revealed it has suffered a major security breach.
Supercell, which created Clash of Clans and other games such as Clash Royale, Boom Beach and Hay Day, has revealed that an attack on its member forums leaked user details online.
Over a million user accounts were compromised in the breach, Motherboard reported, with usernames, email addresses, IP addresses and hashed passwords among the leaked information passed on by breach notification site LeakBase.
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Supercell is now urging users to change their passwords immediately
Supercell confirmed that it had suffered a breach, which apparently occurred back in September 2016, and urged users to change their passwords immediately.
The company told Motherboard that, “Our preliminary investigation suggests that the breach happened in September 2016 and it has since been fixed.”
In a statement posted on its user forums, Supercell added, “We take any such breaches very seriously and we follow very strict policies when it comes to security. Please note that this breach only affects our Forum service. Game accounts have not been affected.”
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The post includes details of how to reset your password for the Supercell forum.
The company has included a link to change your details as soon as possible, in order to minimise any other further damage.
Supercell is also urging customers to change password in any other websites or accounts where you use the same login details as its forum, as hackers could now be able to access these too.
If you're worried about the hack, it's worth checking the website haveibeenpwned.
Run by security researcher Troy Hunt – the free database tracks online breaches and allows anyone to check whether their email address has been included in a publicly-available leak.
The breach is the latest to affect a major technology company in recent months.
Yahoo suffered the largest attack, with over a billion accounts being compromised in an attack which apparently took place back in 2013, with names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and hashed passwords all affected.
Mobile network Three was also a high-profile hack victim, after the company revealed around nine million of its users could have been affected after its customer upgrade database was hacked.
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Recent research from Norton by Symantec showed that that one in four Brits was affected by an online attack during the past year, with millennials and frequent travellers particularly popular targets.
Overall, cybercrime cost UK consumers £1.8 billion, showing the huge potential risk to users across the country.
If you think you have been the victim of a cyber attack, read Express.co.uk's guide to the next steps to take here.