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Hacker attacks Second Life

Users asked to change passwords...

BBC News online is this morning reporting that every player of MMO Second Life has been asked to change their password, after a hacker penetrated the title and stole account details. The nefarious hacker reportedly gained access to the main customer database of the popular online title, and could have pinched personal details for as many as 650,000 subscribers.

Developer Linden Lab were quick point out that no credit card information had been 'compromised' as this had been encrypted independently. Linden apparently became aware of the security breach on September 6th, advising all gamers to change their passwords via an email on the 8th.

"While we realize this is an inconvenience for residents, we believe it's the safest course of action," commented technology officer Cory Ondrejka.

An investigation into the person(s) behind this attack is ongoing, but no service disruption is expected. Second Life is quite literally that – and virtual properties in the game have even been sold for real, and sometimes vast, sums of hard currency. Real world companies have also set-up shop in the persistent world, with real bands playing virtual gigs too. More on this as we get it.

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