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SEGA latest company to fall victim to hackers

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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.

Thousands of Citibank customers’ data stolen by hackers

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Citibank has revealed that hackers have stolen data from thousands of its US customers.

Although the attack happened in May, the banking giant has only just revealed the news – something which has drawn criticism from the banking industry and consumers alike.

Customers’ names, account numbers and contact details were exposed during the attack, although the bank says that other data such as dates of birth and card security codes were not revealed.

A Citibank spokesman told the Reuters news agency: “We are contacting customers whose information was impacted. City has implemented enhanced procedures to prevent a recurrence of this type of event.”

Around 1% of the bank’s 21m customers were affected by the theft.

This is the latest in a string of internet hacking attacks on major corporations, with both Sony and Google falling prey in the last few weeks.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which regulates the USA’s banks, is now pushing them to introduce enhanced account security measures.

The events should act as a warning to UK banks – and indeed all organisations that store customer data – to step up their internet security measures.