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SEGA latest company to fall victim to hackers

June 21st, 2011 by Gary Ennis

It seems as though it’s a case of another week, another hacking story.

SEGA, the Japanese games company, has become the latest victim of hacking after a string of attacks on the likes of Citibank and Sony PlayStation.

SEGA revealed on Friday that hackers had stolen the personal data of 1.3million customers from its European website.

The organisation emailed its customers via its SEGA Pass system to inform them that personal details including email addresses, dates of birth and protected passwords had been stolen in the hacking attack.

SEGA did point out that no financial information was stolen; a slightly luckier situation for their customers than for Sony PlayStation’s, whose credit card details were stolen around a month ago.

SEGA Pass was taken offline on Thursday to reset user passwords. It remains offline at the time of writing. Visitors to the site are greeted with a message that reads: “SEGA Pass is going through some improvements so is currently unavailable for new members to join or existing members to modify their details including resetting passwords.

“We hope to be back up and running very soon.

“Thank you for your patience.”

The attack puts large organisations’ web hosting services and internet security measures under yet more scrutiny as hackers’ methods become more sophisticated and successful.

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