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Information on some 808,000 Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forum accounts, including email addresses, birth dates, and private messages, have been stolen from Epic Games. The games company says passwords were not compromised on the Unreal forums so account resets are not necessary. Salted passwords were breached for …

  1. Paddy Fagan
    Boffin

    Given the commentary about weak/strong passwords at the end

    CorrectHorseBatteryStaple - https://xkcd.com/936/

    Nothing like a cartoon to help :)

    1. m0rt Silver badge

      Re: Given the commentary about weak/strong passwords at the end

      Some day, in the not too distant future, when these most popular lists come out, we will find CorrectHorseBatteryStaple right up there with passw0rd.

      http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/search/?q=https%3A%2F%2Fxkcd.com%2F936%2F

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: Given the commentary about weak/strong passwords at the end

        RightStallionCellClip it is then! :)

        Alt text:

        or NotwrongMarePileFastener

  2. Vinyl-Junkie
    Coat

    Epic fail?

    IGMC

  3. Ebec
    WTF?

    "Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency has also weighed in on the password best practice debate advising admins to stop punishing users with regular password resets which studies show leads to weaker options being used over time."

    confused about the above comment , i'd think they'd love people to use weaker password words , it would make their job easier in the long run and as a uk tax payer ,

    it would cut their costs and save some money on their cracking software and we could use the savings on the NHS or something else

    1. Andy E

      It is probably a comment on thier own sysadmins.

      Password managers are good but only if they support all the platforms you are going to use to login to all those web sites/applications. The days of just using the one PC at home are long gone.

    2. Dave 126 Silver badge

      >confused about the above comment , i'd think they'd love people to use weaker password words

      Strategically, the UK Gov might want more data, but doesn't want its citizen's (and corporate organisation's) data to be snaffled by some other nation states.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        No because GCHQ don't want foreign governments/criminal organisations breaking into British corporate, government and citizen networks etc...

        1. CustardGannet
          Black Helicopters

          "GCHQ don't want foreign governments/criminal organisations breaking into British corporate, government and citizen networks etc..."

          ...that's GCHQ's job !

    3. VinceH Silver badge

      "confused about the above comment , i'd think they'd love people to use weaker password words , it would make their job easier in the long run and as a uk tax payer"

      Well, sort of - but once a password has been established, it's cheaper still for them (and therefore us) to carry on using it.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Second time in a year...

    Old forums now the new ones, not good.....

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    so its just bits of forums?

    so its just bits of forums?

    so is whatever account i had to make to have a look at he UE4 engine ok?

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