Yet another breach in security for gamers has been reported, thanks to Reuters. Sega announced that 1.3 million of its members were affected by the violation. Fortunately, credit card information is safe, but the hackers were still able to obtain birthdates, email addresses, and encrypted passwords.
The online network Sega Pass has been closed for the time being to prevent other customers’ accounts from being hacked.
Sega spokeswoman Yoko Nagasawa apologized for the mistake saying “We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers. We want to work on strengthening security.”
Just last month, Sega West CEO Mike Hines announced that the video game publisher put new security measures in place after the Sony PSN outage. Hines addressed GamesIndustry.biz saying, “We did a security audit as a result of this [the PSN outage], which is probably six months earlier [than normal], and it was just a good housekeeping exercise. We made a couple of changes to some of our security systems. I’m sure most people have done exactly the same.”
Guess he spoke too soon. Sega is far from the only company to have a problem with online security. Just this April, we reported on the Epsilon security breach, which left customers of a couple dozen big-name companies at risk. Other companies including Nintendo, Sony, Bethesda Softworks, and Square Enix all have had their share of protection problems, as well.