Sega Latest Gaming Company Targeted by Hackers

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Sega joins the growing list of gaming companies that have had their websites hacked. The company sent out an e-mail to Sega Pass subscribers confirming that the intrusion took place. Sega Pass allows fans of the company to receive company news directly to their e-mail account. Just in the past week Minecraft, League of Legends, Eve Online, and others were targeted in coordinated attacks by the group LulzSec.

The company stressed that no payment information (i.e. credit card numbers) were obtained during the attack. Sega has not said how many accounts were affected, nor is it immediately clear who is responsible. They are recommending that users proactively change passwords on other websites if they use the same login information as their Sega Pass account. Below is a copy of what Friday’s e-mail had to say:

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.

If you use the same login information for other websites and/or services as you do for SEGA Pass, you should change that information immediately. We have also reset your password and all access to SEGA Pass has been temporarily suspended.

Additionally we recommend you please take extra caution if you should receive suspicious emails that ask for personal or sensitive information. Therefore please do not attempt to login to SEGA Pass at present, we will communicate when the service becomes available.

We sincerely apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience caused.