Square Enix hacked and 25,000 email addresses stolen

Mon 16th of May 2011, filed under Internet News

Hackers break into Square Enix websites

The makers of popular video games Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider and Deus Ex have admitted that two of their websites have been broken into and the email addresses of registered customers have been stolen. The CVs of 350 people applying for jobs in Square Ink's Canadian office were also among the data copied from the websites.

Approximately 25,000 email addresses were stolen when hackers gained accesses to product sites belonging to Square Enix. In a bid to assess how the breach occurred the video games maker immediately took the sites offline. They then began to look at the damage and tried to gauge how much data was stolen.

The websites that were affected were Eidosmontreal.com and Deusex.com. Video gamers had signed up to the websites to gain promotional information regarding a new game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and it was these email addresses that were stolen, along with the CVs of potential employees.

Hackers mean business

This story comes just weeks after the hacking of Sony's PlayStation Network, which saw 100 million users' personal details stolen.

Accessing this kind of information can be beneficial to hackers because they might be able to contact the customers posing as someone from the company in order to encourage users to click on malicious links. The fact that the hackers gained personal CVs is worrying on two levels. It could cause embarrassment for the job applicants as current employers may now be made aware of their search for new jobs. Also, the hackers have obtained all information necessary for identity theft, bar credit card details.

Thankfully for users, Square Enix has revealed that, other than the CVs, the information stolen was merely contact details. They also emphasised that no credit card details are kept on their servers.

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