1.3M Sega User Accounts Compromised in Recent Hack

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It's only been a couple of months since Sony suffered one of the most devastating hacker attacks in the history of the video game industry. Experts now believe the company could be in the hole for over a billion dollars thanks to the breach, which exposed the personal data of over 100 million PlayStation Network (PSN) customers.

Now, another game company has also been hacked, exposing the personal information of about 1.3 million customers. It's a smaller attack, to be sure, but evidence that the gaming industry is in no way prepared for such invasions.

Sega Hedgehogged by Hackers

Sega, one of the oldest video game companies in the industry, admits that the names, birth dates, email addresses and even encrypted passwords for over one million customers have been stolen from its Sega Pass website database. (Source: pcmag.com)

In its letter addressing the attack, Sega emphasizes that -- as in the Sony breach -- none of the passwords were in plain text. However, it is encouraging users of its database change their passwords, particularly if they use the same code for other secure sites.

Sega Warns of Email Phishing Messages

Because email addresses were also lost, Sega warns its customers not to respond to suspicious messages asking for further personal information. It's possible these emails could try to emulate Sega in an attempt to secure extremely sensitive information, such as credit card data. (Source: pcworld.com)

For now, Sega has disabled the Sega Pass website and has reset all passwords.

Sega continues to investigate the matter.

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