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#1 May 13 2011 at 1:32 PM Rating: Good
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The company confirmed that the e-mail addresses of up to 25,000 customers who had registered for product updates may have been stolen as a result.

Resumes of 350 people applying for jobs in its Canadian office could also have been copied from the web servers.

Square Enix, which makes the popular Final Fantasy, Deus Ex and Tomb Raider games, apologised for the breach.

In a statement, it 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."

It is understood that the websites affected were Eidosmontreal.com, run by Square Enix's subsidiary Eidos, and Deusex.com, a promotional site for the forthcoming game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
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Graham Cluley, a consultant at security firm Sophos, warned that both leaks could cause problems for the individuals concerned.

"With the e-mail there is a danger that gamers could be e-mailed by someone pretending to be from the company who gets them to click on a link or run some malicious software," he told BBC News.

"The resumes are a blueprint for identity theft. They have everything that scammers want. The only thing missing is credit card information."

Mr Cluley pointed out that there was also the potential for huge embarrassment as it was unlikely those who had applied for jobs would want their current employers to know.

Square Enix said there was no evidence that the information had been distributed.

It also emphasised that the company does not hold customers' credit card data on its web servers.
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Shortly after the attack, both websites displayed the message "Owned by Chippy1337", as well as several other known hacker names, including Xero, XiX and Venuism.

However, it appears that some or all of those names may have been misappropriated by the real attackers.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider maker Eidos owned one of the hacked sites. The company is owned by Square Enix

Logs of Internet Relay Chat (IRC) conversations have appeared on the online, which appear to show the perpetrators discussing the hack as they carried it out.

In one section, the individuals taking part wrote: "We put it in the name of chippy1337 and write the names ryan, dfs, xero, nikon, xix, venuism and evilhom3r.

The same person then added the comment, "lol [laugh out loud]".

Security in the video games industry has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the hacking attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network and SOE online multiplayer system.

The personal details of around 100 million users were stolen from the company's servers.

Investigations into the source of the data breach are continuing, with specialist computer forensic teams and the FBI getting involved.

The PlayStation Network remains offline, more than three weeks after the intrusion was discovered


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13394968

I found this earlier while surfing the net. It is a little upsetting that they have had a security breach even if it is only e-mail's that were taken.
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#2 May 13 2011 at 1:42 PM Rating: Good
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More appropriate to say Eidos Montreal and their Deus Ex were hacked. Owned by Square, but still locally (for me at least) operated.
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#3 May 13 2011 at 1:43 PM Rating: Default
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Oh no, our lives are in danger.

Batten down the hatches, bring in the chickens, make sure we have enough wine to last us....

**** you hackers, you horrible 12 year old little sh#ts

#4 May 13 2011 at 2:10 PM Rating: Decent
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this is none the less one less headache im sure SE wishes they could live without atm.
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#5 May 13 2011 at 2:11 PM Rating: Good
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I'm not sure about the accuracy of that, I've never seen the 100 million users information fact quoted before. But yeah in reality, they hacked an Eidos website, which is now owned by SE, and the important thing was they got a bunch of resumes.
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#6 May 13 2011 at 2:24 PM Rating: Good
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KujaKoF wrote:
I'm not sure about the accuracy of that, I've never seen the 100 million users information fact quoted before. But yeah in reality, they hacked an Eidos website, which is now owned by SE, and the important thing was they got a bunch of resumes.


A person can have multiple PSN accounts, I know some people that have 5, 1 for each region and a couple more for the **** of it. A 100 Million accounts on a system that has sold 50 million units world wide is very possible, especially when PSN can be used on the PC and on the PSP. That 100 Million number is something given directly by Sony and SOE actually.

And yeah the data breach isn't too extensive thankfully. If all they got were emails then the only thing we need to worry over is junk mail and maybe making sure our emails have adequate password protection that is hard to guess. Something we should be worrying about anyways without this info. **** if all they got were emails then nothing has changed for me, I had a PSN account and they got far more then that from that breach.
#7 May 13 2011 at 2:28 PM Rating: Good
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I was just saying, the worst numbers I've seen were something like 24.7million accounts, and another that was like 12700 overseas (i believe european) credit cards may have been compormised. I haven't seen any other site mention numbers close to 100 mil. just accusing BBC world of sensationalizing a little bit :)

ADDED: I'm not doubting there being 100 mil accounts, but I hadn't heard anyone imply that literally every account's information was stolen.

Edited, May 13th 2011 4:29pm by KujaKoF
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#8 May 18 2011 at 2:46 PM Rating: Good
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KujaKoF wrote:
I was just saying, the worst numbers I've seen were something like 24.7million accounts, and another that was like 12700 overseas (i believe european) credit cards may have been compormised. I haven't seen any other site mention numbers close to 100 mil. just accusing BBC world of sensationalizing a little bit :)

ADDED: I'm not doubting there being 100 mil accounts, but I hadn't heard anyone imply that literally every account's information was stolen.

Edited, May 13th 2011 4:29pm by KujaKoF

First Sony came out that PSN was hacked and 77 million PSN accounts data were stolen, this was on a wednesday after PSN went offline.

At this point SOE, the PC gaming department, was still in the air and on monday after PSN was taken offline SOE took their system and websites offline and Sony admitted that an additional 25 million accounts from SOE had their information stolen making the data theft over 100 million accounts in total.

Even later one of their old competition websites was also hacked and another few thousand accounts had their data stolen.
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#9 May 19 2011 at 12:08 AM Rating: Good
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Isn't this about some guy cracking the PS3 to play 3rd party and mod software then when SE arrested him the hacker group is making SE a target until He's released ?
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#10 May 19 2011 at 3:30 AM Rating: Decent
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You mean GeoHot? SE has no ability to get him arrested. Sony, the owners of the PS3, might, but even that's up in the air. Jail breaking Iphones was deemed legal. Most likely jail breaking PS3's will also be deemed legal.
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