Sega hit by cyber attack; 1.3 million user accounts accessed
Sega Corp. said hackers have accessed personal information of 1.3 million users, although it appears no payment information was obtained.
The names, email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords of members of a service called Sega Pass, which provides information regarding the video game developer's new products, were collected in the cyber attack Thursday, the company said.
Sega took the service offline, reset the passwords of affected users and sent a letter advising the users to change their passwords on other sites, a company spokeswoman said.
After being alerted by a customer, Sega discovered the intrusion when it investigated its databases. The company is conducting an internal investigation and "taking action against this."
Sega said that to guard against future breaches, it will increase the frequency of its security checks and implement more security measures.
"We deeply regret that such unauthorized access occurred," the game developer said Sunday in a statement. "We will go on to further strengthen our network security as a priority issue and strive to prevent any potential recurrence."
Other video game companies that have recently fallen victim to cyber attacks include Sony and Nintendo.
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Photo: A Sega video game at an arcade in Tokyo. Credit: Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters