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Activision dismisses claims of data breach compromising 500k CoD accounts

Published: 22/Sep/2020 7:01 Updated: 22/Sep/2020 7:09

by Andrew Amos

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September 21 update (6:30pm PT): Activision has stated that the reported wide-spread hack was false.

“Reports suggesting Activision Call of Duty accounts have been compromised are not accurate,” they said on September 21.

“As always we recommend that players take precaution to protect their Activision accounts, as well as any online accounts, at all times.”

Earlier: Over 500,000 Activision accounts have reportedly been hacked in a new Activision data breach on September 20, leaving Call of Duty players in limbo.

All Call of Duty players should be on notice after a major Activision hack has left millions of accounts in limbo.

As of the time of publishing, over 500,000 Activision accounts have reportedly been hacked, with log-ins being leaked publicly. Hackers are then changing the account details, making it so the original owners can’t recover them.

The breach was first reported by ‘oRemyy’ on Twitter. This was then confirmed by other content creators, like TheGamingRevolution, Prototype Warehouse, and Okami.

“Yeah it’s legit guys. Change your Activision account passwords immediately. Apparently over 500,000 accounts have been breached already and it’s still ongoing,” Okami said on Twitter on September 20.

The hackers are reportedly “generating 1,000 accounts every 10 minutes,” according to TheGamingRevolution.

Activision accounts are primarily used to log into numerous Call of Duty titles, including Warzone, Modern Warfare, and Mobile. They can also be attached to other titles you may own, like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

The only way to secure your account is by changing your password associated with the account. If you also use the same password across numerous services, be sure to change those ones, as data breaches like this are often used to hack into other sites.

You should also unlink your Battlenet, PSN, Xbox, or other accounts associated with your Activision account to protect those as well. If you have saved payment details on hand too, you’ll want to try and remove those too.

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Activision accounts are primarily used to access Call of Duty, so if you’re an avid player, be sure to change your password immediately.

Unfortunately, Activision accounts do not have two-factor authentication on them. You’ll just have to keep an eye on your account for any major changes, and just cross your fingers.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.