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‘GTA 5’ and ‘GTA Online’ publisher responds to Heartbleed exploit

‘GTA 5’ and ‘GTA Online’ screen
‘GTA 5’ and ‘GTA Online’ screen
Photo courtesy of Rockstar Games, used with permission

Rockstar Games, the publisher of “GTA 5” and “GTA Online,” has provided a response in regards to the Heartbleed exploit. According to a report from Cinema Blend on April 19, the company confirmed that several pages from the Rockstar Games Social Club were found to be vulnerable to the security glitch. However, Rockstar Games reassured fans that none of the accounts have been compromised.

The company is still advising that members should change their passwords as a precaution, especially if they are using the same password across multiple websites. The Rockstar Games Social Club got an influx of sign-ups due to the recent release of “GTA 5.” The open-world action-adventure video game has already sold 32.5 million copies on the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. More than 70 percent of players also accessed “GTA Online” at one point or another. You can find the official statement from the publisher in regards to Heartbleed on the Rockstar Support page below:

While we have no reason to believe any Social Club account information was compromised, the security of our players accounts is of paramount importance to us, and so we are advising all Social Club members to change their passwords as a precautionary measure (or in case you use the same login information on other sites that may have been compromised).

The Heartbleed issue isn’t the first time Rockstar Games ran into problems with “GTA 5,” especially when it comes to “GTA Online.” Multiplayer users initially had lost progress and even entire characters from their accounts. The mode was also plagued by various exploits that lead to acquiring a huge amount of in-game money and reputation points. A majority of the issues have been resolved through title updates.

Despite the latest problem, the Rockstar North development team is expected to move forward with preparing the releases of the “High Life Update” and the cooperative heists for “GTA Online” later this spring. The studio has already added capture jobs to the multiplayer mode earlier this month. You can find a screenshot from the DLC update with the image from the official Rockstar Games Twitter page attached to the top side of the article.

The same studio may also be getting ready to port “GTA 5” to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The computer and next-generation console versions of the video game are rumored to be coming out sometime later this summer season in North America. A potential announcement may be made in the near future, perhaps at the upcoming E3 2014 event that will be held in June.

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