Zombie-survival MMO The War Z has been taken offline after a database hack that compromised players' information, according to a message from publisher OP Productions.
The message, posted in place of the War Z forums which have also been taken down, states it is investigating the security breach and has emailed players who were affected. The company notes the game's shutdown is temporary, and they have already taken steps to improve security around The War Z accounts.
According to OP, compromised data includes player email addresses used for forum login, forum passwords, email address used for game login, game passwords, in-game character names, player IP addresses and any other personal information players posted on the War Z forums. No payment information has been compromised, according to the post, because all War Z payments are made through a third party and are not connected to OP's system.
OP advises all players to change their War Z passwords immediately, as well as those of any other services that use the same login information.
"The security of your data is important to us and we want our players to be assured that we take this situation very seriously," the post reads. "We have taken steps to improve security to minimize the chance of this happening in the future and will continue to invest in improving security going forward.
"This has been a humbling experience for us. While we all know that there is no guaranty of security on the internet, our goal is to try our very best to protect your data. We sincerely apologize."
Players can keep an eye on The War Z forum page for updates on the situation.
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