Call of Duty User Accounts Were Not Hacked, Activision Says

Activision has denied reports claiming Call of Duty accounts were hacked, following claims on the internet saying there was a major data breach.In the past week, numerous claims online reported that as many as 500,00 Activision accounts were hacked. Reports of this hack spread online across social media and various Call of Duty online communities, with many urging users to reset their passwords and add two-factor authentication (2FA).

While 2FA and resetting passwords are always recommended, even when there’s no mass data breach, Activision says these reports are inaccurate. In a statement issued on Twitter, Activision writes,

“Reports suggesting Activision Call of Duty Accounts have been compromised are not accurate. We investigate all privacy concerns. As always we recommend that players take precaution to protect their Activision accounts, as well as any online accounts, at all times. You will receive emails when major changes are made to your Call of Duty accounts. If you did not make these changes, please be sure to follow the steps provided.”

It’s unclear where these hacking reports originated, but they spread far enough for Activision to issue an official statement denying the reports. In any case, if you did receive an email claiming your account has been changed without your knowledge, we recommend resetting your password.Activision is readying the release of the next Call of Duty, Black Ops Cold War. IGN has previews for Black Ops Cold War’s single-player campaign and a review-in-progress of the Black Ops Cold War multiplayer alpha.

Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.

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