When you’re on the lookout for the next mod for your game, there are a few different places that you’ll look. Instead of seeking out individual sites for various mods, these days you can find thousands of them in the same place. However, one of the bigger names in modding recently reported that they had a security breach.
Nexus Mods announced that they had a potential database breach. The breach includes information for about 6 million users, but there’s good news. The database that was breached was last updated on July 22nd, 2013. So if you’ve registered for an account after that date, you’re probably safe. Also, if you’ve changed your password at any point in the last two years, you’re also probably good.
Thankfully, Nexas Mods does not store credit card information for any users, so if you are one of their Premium Members, you don’t need to worry about your card information being stolen.
The one thing that is worrying is that some of the mods hosted on the site were also hacked. Specifically, a few Fallout 4 mods were targeted, and a malicious file of some sort was uploaded in their place. There’s no word yet on just what the malicious file intended to do, or if other mods were affected.
The creators of the affected mods had very simple passwords that were easily guessed, which is how the attackers were able to compromise the mods. Unfortunately, it is possible that more mods were affected, but at this time, it is hard to say if that’s the case. They are still investigating this portion of the attack.
This should serve as a reminder that even if a website allows you to have an easily-guessed password, you still need to use one that no one will simply guess. Also, don’t use the same passwords for multiple sites, and change them regularly.