Wednesday, December 21st 2011

Square Enix December Hack: 'Nothing To See' , Member's Service To Resume Soon

Following on from the hack into Square Enix's (Deus Ex, Tomb Raider franchises) servers last week, the Japanese company has been sending out an email to its members, updating them on the situation. They explain that no personal information was lifted, but have suspended their member's service while investigations continue. This rather reassuring explanation is in stark contrast to initial reports that up to 1.8 million accounts (1M in Japan, 800K in America) had had personal information lifted, such as names, phone numbers and email addresses. However, it does appear that no personal, login or credit card info was accessed in the end, the company reports (hopefully honestly). Here is that Square Enix email in full:

Dear Square Enix Member,

You are receiving this email because Square Enix detected a limited server intrusion on December 12, 2011, and temporarily suspended the US/JP editions of the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS service in order to conduct an investigation.

Based on our investigation, we have found no evidence at this point that any personal information was accessed. User login credentials and credit card information are not stored on the affected server. We are continuing to investigate.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS service. We take data security extremely seriously and we regret any inconvenience this may have caused our customers and fans. We appreciate your patience and support at this time as we finalize our investigation in the next few days.

Any updates will be posted on our corporate website at: http://www.square-enix.com/na/

Sincerely,

SQUARE ENIX


This email was sent by SQUARE ENIX INC. 999 N. Sepulveda Blvd. #3 El Segundo, CA 90245
Their website also states that they hope to restart the member's service by the end of December. The company's security record doesn't really seem all that good though, as recently in May, they were hacked as well, with websites deusex.com and eidosmontreal.com having suffered intrusions, with 25,000 customer records having had their details lifted.

As with many big hacks like this, the real extent is likely to only be realized in time, because if more info got lifted than they're letting on, it'll tend to be complained about all over the internet as disgruntled customers who have been affected by the breach make their feelings known.
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5 Comments on Square Enix December Hack: 'Nothing To See' , Member's Service To Resume Soon

#1
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Thanks to AsRock for the email sample. It inspired the whole article. :toast:
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Aaarrgh, no replies - I knew it! I shoulda just said all the accounts got hacked and now there's been widespread identity theft... :laugh:
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: qubit
Aaarrgh, no replies - I knew it! I shoulda just said all the accounts got hacked and now there's been widespread identity theft... :laugh:
LOL, Cheers bubba that all i would of waited Christmas spam due to a hacked account.. I wounder why it seems like the hackers failed maybe they covered their tracks hehe..
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Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Im pretty sure way before this incident that somewhere out there my personal info already is floating around the interwebs for free.
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Im pretty sure way before this incident that somewhere out there my personal info already is floating around the interwebs for free.
Of course, hacked a million ways through the tracking cookies and dodgy Flash objects in your browser... ;)
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