Deus Ex Website Hacked, Square Confirms Customer Data Stolen
In the wake of the PSN hack, you’d think that hackers would be lying low, right? Well, apparently not.
It’s been confirmed by Square Enix that the hack occurred, and that user data was compromised. Speaking to Eurogamer, a Square spokesman said,
Square Enix can confirm a group of hackers gained access to parts of our Eidosmontreal.com website as well as two of our product sites. We immediately took the sites offline to assess how this had happened and what had been accessed, then took further measures to increase the security of these and all of our websites, before allowing the sites to go live again.
Eidosmontreal.com does not hold any credit card information or code data, however there are resumes which are submitted to the website by people interested in jobs at the studio. Regrettably up to 350 of these resumes may have been accessed, and we are in the process of writing to each of the individuals who may have been affected to offer our sincere apologies for this situation.
It’s also noted that “up to 25,000″ emails were taken in the penetration as well, but that those addresses were not tied to any other personal info.
In addition to lifting information, the hackers left behind a graphic that displayed on the homepage before the folks at Square pulled it. It read, “Owned by Chippy1337,” and then gave the names and handles of the purported hackers (image above).
However, in an interesting twist, Eurogamer spoke with one of those named, Venuism. He denied any responsibility for or participation in the hack, and instead had this to say:
The main perpetrator “ev0″ aka “xyz” has a vendetta against us over this history. The reasoning behind it was most likely that he thinks we will get into trouble with authorities. He isn’t responsible for the ‘hack’ since he is not really capable, he is however responsible for defacing of the sites and the leaking of the information. The majority of the people who knew and participated in the hack are from Gnosis, the group responsible for hack of Gawker late last year, who have insisted they are not Anonymous.
The malicious hack is becoming more and more common these days. Stay tuned for the inevitable heavy-handed legal response and/or government intervention.