Gaming hardware manufacturer NZXT is still very much in business. This despite a corporate newsletter seemingly sent out Monday by the Los Angeles-based maker of computer cases and other desktop accessories that stated NZXT was facing financial hardships and would no longer be making new products.
It turns out that NZXT's Web site was hacked Monday night and the false newsletter sent out to NZXT subscribers, according to a statement made Tuesday by the company's co-founder, Johnny Hou.
"Yesterday at 7:30 PM PST the NZXT Web site was infiltrated illegally. While having access to the site, hackers made several malicious changes including sending out an erroneous newsletter to our database claiming that NZXT is going out of business. They also changed product warranties, deleted product and home page banners, etc.," Hou wrote.
"Well, I’m happy to report that NZXT is NOT going out of business and to the contrary we are more excited than ever to be a part of this tremendous industry. We are poised to launch several highly anticipated products over the next two months including the Phantom full tower case we unveiled at Computex. We feel this will provide enthusiasts with one of the most fresh and unique case designs in quite some time."
Good news for NZXT, its channel partners and their customers. But a glance at the fake newsletter shows that these hackers were no hacks when it came to stringing together a pretty believable going-out-of-business statement:
Dear fans, friends, and followers of NZXT
NZXT was established in Los Angeles, California in 2004. Since then, we have produced many revolutionary and exciting products, from Cases to fan controllers. Unfortunately, the current state of the economy has taken a toll on our business, we are now facing the same financial hardships that many of our competitors have also faced. We would like to thank all who supported us throughout the years, purchased our products, and gave us feedback. We value your opinions and business. Our support contact information will continue to be available in order to provide warranty services, however, once current inventories are depleted, no new products will be produced. In leiu [sic] of this annoucement [sic], the next ten people to purchase an NZXT Khaos case will receive a Sentry LXE at no cost.
It makes you wonder if the culprits went through all this trouble just to get a free NZXT Sentry LXE fan controller unit.