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Last week, it was discovered that around 600 Origin accounts were leaked on to the web in a Pastebin data dump, revealing user login details. It took a few days, but EA has since spoken out on the matter and claims that there was no security breach.

In the Pastebin, Origin account details were posted, including a list of games owned on that specific account. We aren’t sure how the information got there, though the accounts affected could have been caught in a phishing scam if there really was no database breach.

In a statement, EA said: “Privacy and security is our top priority at EA. At this point, we have no indication that this list was obtained through an intrusion of our account databases.”

If you have a username on Origin starting with one of the first six letters of the alphabet, you should probably change your password just to be safe. And if you have a username starting with another letter, it might be a good idea to change your password as well anyway.

Source: http://www.kitguru.net/gaming/security-software/matthew-wilson/a-few-hundred-origin-accounts-leaked-online-ea-claims-there-was-no-breach/
Source 2: http://games.on.net/2015/10/change-your-origin-password-today/
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Always a good idea to change your passwords now and then anyway...........thanks for making the decision easier EA.
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True....I mean passwords just randomly purge on the internet for no reason at all....legit. This is a perfect moment to mention you shouldn't use the password on multiple websites for this reason....even using a skeleton key password is better than the same one on everything.
    
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Any way to check if I'm on the list?

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***

If you have a username on Origin starting with one of the first six letters of the alphabet, you should probably change your password just to be safe. And if you have a username starting with another letter

So any letter, why not just say that!
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Any way to check if I'm on the list?

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If you have a username on Origin starting with one of the first six letters of the alphabet, you should probably change your password just to be safe. And if you have a username starting with another letter

So any letter, why not just say that!
I'm using your ID right now bike.gif

No, it was specifically stated that the entire list that was published only contained entries which started with the first six letters of the alphabet, meaning all 600 started with A-B-C-D-E-F. However, those were only the ones posted on the Pastebin. So they are saying, just to be safe, change your password anyway in case there are more to be posted later.
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 10/21/15 at 1:20am
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No, it was specifically stated that the entire list that was published only contained entries which started with the first six letters of the alphabet, meaning all 600 started with A-B-C-D-E-F. However, those were only the ones posted on the Pastebin. So they are saying, just to be safe, change your password anyway in case there are more to be posted later.

I think that was the point, they should've just said "Everyone change your password" instead of a paragraph of seemingly contradictory information.

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it was discovered that around 600 Origin accounts were leaked on to the web in a Pastebin data dump, revealing user login details. It took a few days, but EA has since spoken out on the matter and claims that there was no security breach.

Accidental, maliciously or a hack is a security breach. Doesn't matter if it was automatic, done by a disgruntled employee or a hack. Just because it wasn't a hack doesn't mean it wasn't a breach of security.
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I think that was the point, they should've just said "Everyone change your password" instead of a paragraph of seemingly contradictory information.

It's not contradictory, this story was covered by numerous of other outlets and all of them went to great lengths to detail that the 600 usernames and passwords leaked started with the first 6 letters of the alphabet. This is important information to know, if you happen to be an individual who has an Origin account that starts with the first 6 letters of the alphabet. These people are much more important than the people who have an account that start with the rest of the alphabet (since the other 20 letters are not currently affected). However, being a writer of such an article you will be inclined to warn all people to change their passwords anyway, regardless. However, you must specify the importance for people who have accounts that start with the first 6 letters, because they are immediately impacted by it
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 10/21/15 at 2:40am
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I couldn't be assed to change my dank password. I simply enabled the 2nd verification step (e-mail code for new machines). Simple enough.
    
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I changed my password, but then I remembered that I have not logged into my EA/Origin account for 2 years.
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