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Codemasters Websites Pointing To Facebook Page Following Hack Attack

Another day, another hack, this time, it was the UK's largest games publisher, Codemasters, who admitted that it was hacked and that the criminals managed to steal the names, date of birth, passwords and email addresses of thousands of customers.

In an extraordinary turn, Codemasters have been forced to pull down their websites and have currently redirected both their US and UK websites to their Facebook page, highlighting not only the importance of the social networking website but also Codemasters inability to provide a proper plan B. A spokesperson for the company confirmed: "A new website will launch later in the year."

Interestingly, Codemasters' player accounts system and its community forums are still active at the time of writing even though the company has suspended the ability to change forum/codeM passwords.

On Thursday, a note was posted on Codemasters Forum by the director of community relations, saying that the main site was compromised on the 3rd of June.

The intruders managed to get access to the Codemasters corporate website and subdomains as well as the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page, the Codemasters Estore (where they had access to Customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order history) as well as the main Codemasters CodeM database.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.