*SIGH* Sega Hacked.
It’s been a busy week for hackers, crackers and other computer related @ss0les. Nintendo, Bethesda and Epic were all hacked at the beginning of the week, followed by Eve Online, Escapist and Minecraft a day later. Now joining the ranks of these lucky entrants into 2011 pop culture jokes is Sega, who announced today via a press statement emailed out this morning:
“As you may be aware, the SEGA Pass system has been offline since yesterday, Thursday 16 June. Over the last 24 hours we have identified that unauthorised entry was gained to our SEGA Pass database. We immediately took the appropriate action to protect our consumers’ data and isolate the location of the breach. We have launched an investigation into the extent of the breach of our public systems. We have identified that a subset of SEGA Pass members emails addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords were obtained. To stress, none of the passwords obtained were stored in plain text.
Please note that no personal payment information was stored by SEGA as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion.”
Note: if you’re wondering whether or not this week’s winning publicity hogs LulzSec were involved, they weren’t. They issued the following amusing, Sir Caradoc-esque statement on twitter:
Considering, as we pointed out Tuesday, that LulzZec’s MO seems to be DDoS and SQL injection attacks, ho-hum by big willy style cracking standards, we’ll assume they’re just trying to keep their Q rating up. On the off chance Sega actually accepts their, ahem, generous offer, we’ll keep an eye out for more.
Meanwhile, WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK ABOUT THE GAMERS? Honestly, gaming companies, this is getting kind of sad. For the love of the gods, please check your damn site security! This is quickly becoming so commonplace it’s almost boring, except for the possible risk to customer private data of course.