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    InformationWeek: Hack Attack Exposes 1.3 Million Sega Accounts

    InformationWeek reports on yet another hacker attack — this one exposes private information in Sega’s Pass system:

    On Friday, Sega confirmed news reports that attackers had compromised its systems, exposing data on 1.3 million users. Sega took the hacked Sega Pass system, which is both a newsletter and account management system for the company’s online games, offline on Thursday. It gave no estimate for when the service would be restored.

    According to a message posted on the Sega Pass website, “we had identified that unauthorized entry was gained to our Sega Pass database.” Attackers stole Sega Pass members’ email addresses, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords. “None of the passwords obtained were stored in plain text,” said Sega, although it didn’t detail the encryption technique used.

    Despite the passwords having been encrypted, Sega reset all users’ Sega Pass passwords. […]

    The attack against Sega follows comments made by Sega West CEO Mike Hayes to Eurogamer last month, in which he said that the PlayStation Network (PSN) hack, which resulted in over 77 million user accounts being compromised, was “an interesting wake up call for all of us.” In particular, it led Sega to conduct an immediate security audit. […]

    The prolific hacking group known as LulzSec said it wasn’t responsible for the Sega attack.

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