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Square Enix website hacked

Posted by on 15/05/2011

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The hacking fun continues as Eidos’ Montreal website succumbed to the faith of Internet terrorists. After post-analysis, Square Enix confirmed that over 25,000 email addresses were stolen as well as 350 resumes (from prospective workers hoping for jobs at Eidos). While this news comes just after Sony’s bad luck with PSN, it can be confirmed that Anonymous is not responsible for the wrongdoing.

Luckily for Square Enix and Eidos, no crucial information such as credit card number of personal identification information was stolen, but just email addresses gathered from registration on the eidosmontreal.com website. Square Enix has since issued a statement of apology to its users and online job applicants.

“Square Enix can confirm a group of hackers gained access to parts of our Eidosmontreal.com website as well as two of our product sites.

We immediately took the sites offline to assess how this had happened and what had been accessed, then took further measures to increase the security of these and all of our websites, before allowing the sites to go live again.

Eidosmontreal.com does not hold any credit card information or code data, however there are resumes which are submitted to the website by people interested in jobs at the studio.

Regrettably up to 350 of these resumes may have been accessed, and we are in the process of writing to each of the individuals who may have been affected to offer our sincere apologies for this situation.

In addition, we have also discovered that up to 25,000 email addresses were obtained as a result of this breach. These email addresses are not linked to any additional personal information. They were site registration email addresses provided to us for users to receive product information updates.

No dissemination or misappropriation of any other personal information has been identified at this point.

We take the security of our websites extremely seriously and employ strict measures, which we test regularly, to guard against this sort of incident.”

The site was taken offline for assessment after it was defaced with the slogan “Owned by Chippy1337″. They have since corrected the situation and the website is now back online.

The whole situation however instills more fear into users who put information online. With so many networks being compromised over the past year (Gawker Network, PSN, HBGary and now Eidos Montreal), how safe is it really to keep our personal information on systems that can sometimes be easily compromised?

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