In the next line of the heart rending, soft-rock ballad that is The War Z, we learned this morning that the official forums for the game have been completely taken offline as a precaution due to malicious hackers gaining access to forum and game data.
A quick visit to http://forums.playwarz.com/ can confirm that the entire forum has been taken offline, although this was done by the publisher as a safety precaution and not directly caused by an attack.
We are sorry to report that we have discovered that hackers gained access to our forum and game databases and the player data in those databases. We have launched a thorough investigation covering our entire system to determine the scope of the intrusion. This investigation is ongoing and is our top priority. As part of the remediation and security enhancement process we will be taking the game and forums down temporarily.
We are issuing this Security Alert to all Survivors as a precaution so you can take some precautionary measures on your own. We have already taken a number of steps to increase security and are continuing to work with external advisors and investigators to identify and implement measures to minimize the chance of this happening in the future.
Clearly, the biggest concern here is financial information that players may have used to purchase the game through the website that hosts the forums. Thankfully, those payments were all handled by a third party and none of that information was compromised in this security breach.
What you need to know is that the hackers now have access to your email address. While all passwords stored in the player database were encrypted, there is always the chance of this encryption being broken so you would be well advised to change your password - particularly if you use the same or similar password for other institutions. You can change your War Z password from the War Z launcher.
Stay tuned to http://forums.playwarz.com/ as they continue to update players on the situation.