Hackers Grab Data of 1.3M Sega Players
Company bares breach to users ... in Japanese
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2011 1:20 AM CDT
A witch shoves one of her foes into an iron maiden in a scene from Sega's "Bayonetta."   (AP Photo/Sega)

(Newser) – Hackers have swiped personal data of nearly 1.3 million Sega video game players, the Japanese company has revealed. The information included names, birth dates, email addresses and encrypted passwords, reports AP. Service was "illegally accessed from outside and personal information of all" customers of the online Sega Pass, operated by Sega Europe, was hacked, said a statement from the firm. Sega assured customers that no credit card information was accessed, but the data could conceivably be used to access or utilize such information elsewhere.

"Please note that no personal payment information was stored by Sega as we use external payment providers," said the company. News of the hack was initially only explained online in Japanese as the service was shut down, notes CNN. English language users were merely told the service was closed for "maintenance work." Sega is investigating the breach and has changed all user passwords. Earlier this year, hackers stole personal user data from Sony's PlayStation Network, which had some 70 million subscribers at the time. Sony was hit again by hackers early this month.

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Jun 20, 2011 12:06 PM CDT
Sega is still a thing?
Jun 20, 2011 8:27 AM CDT
Wow ... talk about "news!" I had no idea that Sega had 1.3 million players.
Jun 20, 2011 8:26 AM CDT
Don't they have everyone's info by now?