Sega has confirmed that it is the latest company to be hit by a cyber attack admitting that 1.29 million Sega Pass customers had their passwords and login details compromised.
In an email sent to customers over the weekend Sega said: "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." Details that were compromised include email addresses and dates of births but Sega is continuing to say that credit card details remain safe. Sega Pass, which is run by Sega’s European arm, has been shut since Thursday last and there are no details on when it will come back online. "SEGA Pass is going through some improvements so is currently unavailable for new members or existing members to modify their details including resetting passwords," Sega said on its website.
This is the latest in a rash of cyber attacks on games companies with the most high profile being the attack on the PlayStation Network in April and this month’s attack on Nintendo’s website. While the source of the attack on Sony’s PSN is still unknown, hacktivists Lulz Security (or LulzSec) admitted begin behind the attack on the Nintendo website. However the group said it was not behind the latest attack on Sega, saying on Twitter: "We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down." Shares in Sega Sammy Holdings Inc fell by as much as five percent following this news, before closing down 1.8 percent.The recent wave of cyber attacks seems to be showing no signs of abating and Sega has urged all customers affected to change the passwords and login details of other accounts where they used similar usernames and passwords.