GAMES COMPANY Sega has contacted users following a hacker attack last Friday and informed them that it is doing all it can be protect their information.
In an e-mail sent to Sega Pass users the company 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."
The firm revealed that the attack could have affected as many as 1.29 million of its Sega Pass members and taken some of their personal information. However, credit card and banking information appears to have been untouched.
"1,290,755 customers' information including Sega Pass members name, email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords were obtained," it said.
Currently a note on the Sega Pass site puts off new members, and, you could say, any current ones. "Hi", it says, "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 paitence (sic)."
While some might have thought that it was ninja pirates from Lulzsec that were responsible for the attack, this apparently was not the case. In fact Lulzsec offered to help Sega in its time of trouble.
"Contact us. We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you," the group said in tweet, "We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down." µ
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