1.3 million Sega customers hacked

1.3 million Sega customers hacked

By Rob Crossley

June 20th 2011 at 10:04AM

Personal customer data compromised as hack craze continues

The personal data of 1.29 million Sega customers has been compromised, the publisher has confirmed.

Sega explained that e-mail addresses and date of birth data stored on its database had been accessed by an unauthorised user, though the publisher insists that credit card numbers had not been compromised.

The attack on Sega’s servers is the latest crime in a new hacking craze. Data servers owned by the likes of Nintendo, Sony, Bethesda, Epic Games and Codemasters have all been compromised in the past two months.

"We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers," Sega spokeswoman Yoko Nagasawa said.

"Over the last 24 hours we have identified that unauthorised entry was gained to our Sega Pass database,” reads an e-mail sent to Sega customers.

"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 hack specifically affects customers who registered for a Sega Pass online scheme, of which there appears to have been 1.29 million applicants.