Game piracy is next to impossible on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 but if you’ve ever made an account on or then it’s time that you should think about changing your passwords, particularly if you use the same password elsewhere on the internet. Both piracy forums have been hacked as a result of which passwords of more than 2.5 million users have been leaked online.

According to reports, the sites were hacked by an unknown attacker in late 2015 but details of the hack are just now becoming public. User data of more than 2.5 million people has been leaked. This includes passwords, usernames, IP addresses, and email addresses.

It’s said that the operator of both websites only used the MD5 hashing system to protect passwords and it’s notoriously easy to break that. If you’ve never heard of these forums before, they existed for one reason only and that was to share pirated copies of games for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable.

The community went far beyond that, though, and discussed general topics as well so it’s not like all those who have been impacted by this hack were involved in the distribution of pirated games.

Details about the hack are slim at this point in time so it’s unclear what the hacker’s motives here could have been. There’s no mention of any ransom being demanded in exchange for the data being spared. Perhaps we might get to hear more about this in the coming weeks.

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