Turbine Games, which runs the Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG), closed web-based user forums after a security issue was found last week. Turbine has re-opened the forums as of October 17.
The issue was with the LOTRO web application for the forums, but Turbine has not clarified whether it was a hack or a possible breach. They have advised players to update their passwords with new ones and stated that the problem took place before October 11, which was the day the forums were closed. Turbine has said that if the issue affects any individual players, they will be contacted personally.
The forum post and email read:
Recently, we were made aware of an issue with the security of our LOTRO community web applications. We take all potential issues seriously and we took the forums offline while we investigated and resolved the issue. The forums are now open for normal use.
Please note that we will continue to perform maintenance on our community websites over the coming days and some features may be unavailable from time to time. Game services are not impacted and will continue to operate on a normal schedule.
Even though this issue appears to be limited in scope, if we believe that your account has been impacted we will contact you directly. As an additional precaution we recommend that all players change their passwords by visiting https://myaccount.turbine.com. Please remember to use unique, hard-to guess passwords that are not associated with other online services or sites, and always look for and report unusual activity in your account to Turbine customer support.
Thank you for your patience.