Square Enix Hacked

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Not to be out done by the likes of Sony, now Square Enix has apologised for allowing hackers to make off with the personal details of thousands of its users.

According to Square Enix’s reports, the email addresses of 25,000 customers were stolen from Eidos’ Canadian site, as well as a further 350 resumes from prospective Canadian workers:

“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.”

As with the Sony hacks, just who is really behind the attack is not known – the “Owned by Chippy1337” message the site was defaced with is suspected to be a red herring.

Fortunately for Square Enix and its victims, the severity and scale of this leak would appear to be rather minor compared to Sony’s record-breaking hack – although, like Sony, Square Enix is not a company much known for honest dealings with mere customers, so whether the hackers obtained anything else in the course of their antics can only be guessed at.

Whatever the effect on the PR efforts of the companies concerned, it seems likely that many consumers will be very much more sceptical about handing out their personal details to every company which insists on it in future.


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    Avatar of konakona
    Comment by konakona
    00:00 15/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    *Sony gets hacked*
    SE: Lol. Noobs.
    *SE gets hacked*
    SE: ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 14/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    wait, there are THOUSANDS still playing FF14!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What the hell Eidos’ Canadian site have to do with FFXIV?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix bought Eidos quite a while ago...

    Comment by Anonymous

    I guess Eidos is done for then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eidos is part of SE, and probably has host the some servers for the game.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    17:57 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Ghost players no longer playing :3

    And...

    "They were site registration email addresses provided to us for users to receive product information updates."

    350 Canadians personal info leaked sounds a heck lot more serious than notification emails (who still signs up for FF updates anyway?).

    Avatar of Aya Reiko
    Comment by Aya Reiko
    23:19 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    "(who still signs up for FF updates anyway?)."

    Idiot FF fanboys still playing FF14? 25K sounds about right for something like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I know a lot more people who still play 11 over 14...

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    Comment by Leon Cloud
    15:20 14/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Whats with hacking all these JP companies.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    15:39 14/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's either the Chinese government's "secret" cyber warfare unit -- Again! -- or some terrorist cell gettin' some data for making fake aliases for it's members.

    Avatar of Lilith
    Comment by Lilith
    17:35 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    People in Japan are actually honest so I guess they don't put as much effort in security as we do.

    So, are they dumb or are we jerks? Probably both.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seeing how they didn't bother to think about the possibility that maybe fukushima would have to deal with some natural disasters, like a tsunami, makes them dumb.

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    Comment by Bigall
    15:39 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly what I was thinking! This looks like a cyber war more than anything.

    Don't need to search to much to see where the culprids are from and who is gaining from this.

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    16:51 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My JP Companies Can't Be This Hackable!
    srsly, what's wrong with you guys...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sony got hacked for shutting Hotz's mouth.

    SE got hacked for creating that binary pile of dung called FFXIII and FFXIV maybe? Not to mention continuing to hire Motomu Toriyama despite many fans wanting him out?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXIII was good. People who play Final Fantasies tend to get spoiled. Each FF has been an amazing stand alone game. Sure, each FF has a different system for it's cutscenes, gameplay, etc... and you might not have preferred certain plots or systems, but that doesn't make them bad games.

    Except for FFX-2. That was shit. And FFXIV. But we knew that was going to be shit. But other than that........

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not all hacking is for a reason, guy probably ran a automated scan and found a vulnerability.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sir are a moron. And you wouldn't know a good game. If it was right in front of your face.

    You also completely did not read the topic at all.

    Good day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't really Square-Enix, it's just Eidos. Mentioning this won't stop stupid titles/images for hits or people ignoring the article though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 14/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Earthquake Effect

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    16:26 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fail! -.-

    15:46 14/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    They'll use this as a opportunity to turn down resumes.

    Dear ????
    We apologize that your resume got accessed -blah blah-

    PS. You didn't get the job.

    Avatar of Alexeon
    Comment by Alexeon
    01:52 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL That would be messed up. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is also a good chance to pretend you turned one in already! If luck is on your side, they'll ask you for another one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    China practicing to wipe out other countries economies via the net.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    OH FUCK! China has Black Lotus on the field, look out! Get stealth detection quick!

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    Comment by Dia
    20:21 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Whatever the effect on the PR efforts of the companies concerned, it seems likely that many consumers will be very much more sceptical about handing out their personal details to every company which insists on it in future."

    No, they won't. We will, but not they.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Not to be outdone by the likes of Sony..."

    That's got to be the most asinine thing I've ever read!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well that did feel strange....i mean, it's strange to think that FF14 has "thousands" of players....

    Avatar of Sukunai
    Comment by Sukunai
    20:42 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fact 1, for every defense, there will be a corresponding issue of a challenge.

    I don't see credit card woes as being any different that people cracking game copy protection.

    Everytime we pirate software, we are doing nothing less than the same thing that those using stolen credit card details have done.

    Munch on that while railing about how Sony is so fucking responsible this and so damned responsible that.
    The thieves are the ones you want to hate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:34 14/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No, no.. the 'thieves' are the ones we want to glorify. Thieves are romantic. As are pirates.

    What we really want to hate are companies. Big irresponsible companies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:48 14/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    You must be American. That idealism is like a STD, it's being transmitted unprotected throughout this country like Aids.

    Doing the best you can, then having someone purposely and actively trying to destroy it is irresponsible?
    You're probably one of those people who would blame the car owner if their car got stolen. Things will happen and nobody is perfect, no system is immmune, no one is invincible and the tables can be turned so easily.

    And by the way, there is absolutely nothing romantic about thieves and pirates unless you're a 300 pound ugly as sin virginal chick drooling over romance novels in the supermarket's checkout isle while wearing a mustard stained twilight shirt or jabba the hut sized neckbeard who thinks the world owes them something, demands change and then moments later turns around and completely betrays their own idealism when the latest Keygen/crack is released.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 14/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    anon 21:48 14/05/2011, you must be french

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 15/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    21:48 clearly hates one piece.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    LOL 21:48. U MAD?

    Remove the sand from your scrot. You'll feel better.

    Avatar of Alexeon
    Comment by Alexeon
    01:57 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Sukinai There is a huge difference between pirating games and losing personal information. For one, identity theft. Or when we pirate a game, does Sony suddenly have new credit cards and loans under its name? Dont be ridiculous. Sony is very much responsible for losing personal information and so is Square. The fact is, when we give them our information, we are trusting them with a very important part of ourselves and they let us down. Piracy and sales and whatever else are all completely different and separate.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    13:24 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 22:50
    http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g346/jm90989/DoremiStrawberryPanic-10XviDDF290165avi_snapshot_0524_20110515_002051.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But he's right...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:19 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, since it's Tifa who does the apologizing....I forgive them :P

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    Comment by Kaze
    07:18 16/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So are they just hacking things for the hell of it now? In other news, best Tifa picture I've seen in a long time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I thought they were talking about people cheating in Final Fantasy XIV. I guess the servers are still off to save power.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 15/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That`s a mighty fine Tifa right there. Dat cute face.
    While I usually dislike her design and immense oppai, this one`s quality.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    17:38 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    damn hackers :\

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Squenix one prolly inside job from disgruntled employee.

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    Comment by windsorv8
    05:24 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    square enics games sucks cunt yo, especially that gay combination of disney and faggotry, it's pure shit. make GTA or death race next time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's time we did a good old hacker hunt, tie the fuckers to a pole and burn em!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 13/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They probably know how fucked they are and if they are asked why they did it they'd just say "XDDD WE DID IT FOR THE LULZ ANONYMUS IS LEEJUN." at least If it is anonymous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't trust Japanese they can even protect your information. fail fail fail i thought japan was suppose to be technologically advance but look at Toyota and look at fukushima, sony, etc etc

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next News... Sankaku Hacked (?)

    Saludos!!!...





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