DayZ is a massively popular, online-only, post-apocalyptic game, which has received a lot of praise and achieved sales record on the PC. As popular it is, Bohemia, the developers of this title, seems to have made a big mistake as their server security is compromised and hackers seem to have gained access to their server, in turn leading them access to the source code of the game.
This news was shared by the hacker known by his online title “DrWhat” along with his friend “1domo”. They managed to gain access to the program database file for DayZ. This file not only shows the location of the execution instructions in the DayZ executable, it also contains the the location of the original source along with location of the source server, from which the file can be retrieved.
Knowing the importance of PDB, it can be argued that hackers already have access to the source code of DayZ. While DayZ was not free from hacks, this potential access to the source code could lead the charge for further hacks for the DayZ online. The only way to avoid this leak is to re-write the complete source code of the game, which could be the only step that Bohemia can take to avoid any further damage from this hack.
SegmentNext got in touch with Bohemia over this issue and they acknowledged this hack, issuing them the following response:
We have recently detected an attack on some of our servers, the precise nature and scope of this attack is currently being extensively investigated. There were no user data on any of the servers.
Current development goals and schedules for our games will not be affected by this attack. More information will follow as our investigation continues.
Hopefully, they are able to resolve this issue soon.
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