Rockstar Social Club hasn't been hacked, but change your passwords anyway


The good news is that the Rockstar Social Club, the hub for Grand Theft Auto 5's multiplayer mayhem, has not been hacked. The bad news is that another unnamed site apparently has, and you should probably change your password as a result.

Word of trouble originated on Reddit, where a number of posters reported that their accounts had been taken over by unauthorized users. Numerous complaints were also logged with the Rockstar Support Twitter account, and the whole thing had a whiff of a "larger hack going on," as the original poster put it. We also received a tip from a reader who claimed his account had been compromised, despite being only a month old and using a password unique to his Social Club account.

However, in a statement sent to Kotaku Australia, Rockstar said the Social Club has not been compromised, but did acknowledge that "attempts have been made to access user accounts using email and password combinations from an unaffiliated, compromised website or database elsewhere on the internet." It's now in the process of reverting lost accounts to their original owners, and recommended that users do not share email and password combinations across multiple sites.

It's a wise policy—and even though the site hasn't been hacked, I changed my password anyway. Probably wouldn't hurt for you to do the same. If you're experiencing issues, Rockstar's technical support number in North America is 866-922-8694.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.