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updated 6/15/2011 6:49:11 PM ET 2011-06-15T22:49:11

Epic Games, the video game company behind the immensely popular "Gears of War" series, was forced to reset users' passwords following a hack on two of its websites that allowed attackers to make off with email addresses and passwords.

According to a report on The Hacker News, the attack on the Cary, N.C.-based gaming company occurred June 8, and was perpetrated by a hacker going by the name of Contra, located in Stockholm, Sweden, according to his @ContraHax Twitter page.

In the Epic attack, Contra broke into Epic's forum website and stole email addresses and encrypted passwords of the forum's participants. He also accessed Epic's main website, The Register reported.

On June 8, Contra took to his Twitter page to boast of the hack, writing, "Epicgames.com -> "Error establishing a database connection" el oh el."

(Contra did not necessarily perform the attack; it is possible for anyone to take credit via Twitter.)

The U.K.-based video game company Codemasters also fell victim to hackers. Codemasters told its customers to change their passwords after attackers stole users' names, addresses, usernames, dates of birth, passwords and telephone numbers during a June 3 network intrusion, the security firm Sophos reported.

(Codemasters' website has been taken offline, and the company is directing traffic to its Facebook page. No credit card information was accessed in the hack.)

In the Epic hack, Contra gave credit to LulzSec, the hacking collective that has recently launched attacks against Fox.com, PBS and gaming giant Nintendo.

[Hacking Group LulzSec Attacks Nintendo, FBI Affiliate]

"You got me back into hacking…you dogs," he wrote to @LulzSec. "Time to hit the high seas for teh [sic] lulz."

It seems Contra's Epic hack may have stirred LulzSec's sails.

In a Twitter post today (June 13), LulzSec threatened to release information related to more than 200,000 users of Bethesda Softworks, makers of the popular role-playing video games "Fallout," "DOOM" and "Brink."

It's possible, however, that LulzSec may just be warning Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Media, the Rockville, Md-based developer of Epic's games.

"Bethesda, we broke into your site over two months ago," a Twitter post reads. "We've had all of your Brink users for weeks. Please fix your junk, thanks!"

If LulzSec were to spare Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Media, it wouldn't be the first time the hacking group showcased its benevolent spirit.

Last week, LulzSec alerted the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) to vulnerabilities in its network that could possibly result in the exposure of sensitive data. LulzSec did not expose any data, and even included a link on its Twitter page to the NHS's British Bone Marrow Registry.

UPDATE: LulzSec leaked the source code and database passwords for all of Bethesda Softworks' and ZeniMax Media's servers at 3:25 p.m. EDT today (June 13). The hackers, however, did not release the 200,000 usernames.

Today (June 14), LulzSec took down the websites of Eve Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), and The Escapist, an online magazine covering the video game industry.

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