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access_time November 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM in News by Charlie Grammer

Indie developers state they were robbed by hackers buying PS4s

Hackers used indie developer's Paypal to buy PS4s.

Hackers used indie developer’s Paypal to buy PS4s.

A group Indie game developers in Austria state that somebody figured out their PayPal password and used their account to purchase a bunch of PS4s.

These developers, Broken Rules, are likely best known for the recent Wii U game Chasing Aurora, and are in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign for a new project, Secrets of Raetikon. Yesterday, they discovered that somebody had used their PayPal acount to order three PlayStation 4s.

Martin Pichlmair, the marketer, told our pals at Kotaku that, “The amount was significant but not huge – a few thousand dollars. Still, it’s the last thing you need during a crowdfunding campaign.”

He went on to state that it seems PayPal has frozen the charges and will be refunding the money. As for when the hackers nabbed the password, he thinks it may have happened during the large Adobe hack last month, and he’s hoping that everything will be sorted soon.

He stated, “This does in fact feel like someone breaking into your house. It teaches us to use different passwords for different services from now on and so it should teach you and your readers.”



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