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Square Enix: 25,000 email addresses taken in Deus Ex website hack

Friday, 13th May 2011 14:59 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Square Enix has confirmed that personal data has been compromised after hackers accessed the Eidos Montreal website.

The Deus Ex website was also accessed by the attack from hackers. It’s thought that it took place on Wednesday. The publisher’s now confirmed that personal data has been compromised.

“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,” Square Enix said in a statement sent to VG247.

However, the company insists that while personal data such as up to 25,000 email addresses and resumes for jobs at Eidos Montreal – of which 350 were accessed – no credit card data was stolen due to the websites not holding any such data.

“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,” the statement continues.

“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.”

Such an attack follows the one that has seen PlayStation Network gone down for nearly up to a month. Its thought that the hackers who carried out the attack on the Eidos and Deus Ex sites had origins from Anonymous.

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16 Comments

  1. Razor

    Who’s next I wonder.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. frostquake

    I give up…From now on, It is Pre-Paid Cards on everything..which I hate by the way!! But if you want me to “Pay” you better offer a Pre-Paid Card, or no money honey!! Too many sites get Hacked. Thank Goodness this one didn’t story CC info!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    So i guess all of the people mad at Sony are going to have to extend their ‘boycott’ to Square Enix/Eidos games, right?

    Because i’m sure those people really were angry about the company not being able to keep personal data secure and didnt just have an axe to grind with Sony. Surely these people wouldnt have double standards like that.

    “Its thought that the hackers who carried out the attack on the Eidos and Deus Ex sites had origins from Anonymous, who have been accused by Sony to have been the lot who took down PSN.
    Didnt Sony just state what they found on their servers? As far as i’m aware they never said “Anonymous did this”.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Leaking data is leaking data – they deserve a slap whoever they are.

    Poor show, Eidos.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Deacon

    Information is money! (though I doubt these hacker idiots are motivated by that).

    Where are the ‘Square-Enix have completely lost my trust as a consumer’ comments?

    [EDIT]

    @Gekidami – yeah, exactly.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. frostquake

    I guess hacking Emails is not as Bad as Possibly getting Personal Info and CC numbers.

    I tend to ignore the 5000 emails a day I get because they are CRAP! I also have Public Emails for stuff like this and Private Emails for, you know..Private Things!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    What the fuck are hackers at? I always imagined that they’d be doing something cool like accessing FBI files or finding out what the matrix is. Not stealing worthless e-mail addresses from Eidos Montreal. My romantic notion of hacking has crumbled…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. frostquake

    When Hackers attack Gamers, which they are Supposed to be themselves, you know the ones who cheat on COD games..LOL!! they tend to loose credibility from those in the gaming community that support them!

    Just, attacking the Gaming Community, where Fans run Rabbid is not a smart idea, if you want the Gaming Community to Support you as Freedom Fighters!!

    Maybe Hackers were having a Tough time with other sites like Banks and such, or Hacking is on the Rise, such as China putting out ADs that it is hiring Hackers from around the world, to secretly undermine the World Economy to put itself in a better position to take over the World!!

    A few issues back of Wired addressed the Rise of Hacking in China, very interesting read.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Johnny Cullen

    Gek – Looking back, it doesn’t make as much sense as it did at the time. i’ve removed that bit.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    @7 Hackers ceased to be the romantic type you described for the last 15 years, since the Internet went live…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. galaxy366

    @1 EA? I dont hope so :S

    #11 4 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    Well. I thought I’d have to sigh the long sigh of someone who’s seen so many years of folly that it’s getting a bit tiresome.

    It’s nice to see that A) no one’s just unironically coming up with Middle-East Anonymous Cell conspiracy theories this time, and B) no one’s blaming hobbyist hackers who do naught but harmless and genuinely fascinating things, sometimes things which are useful to me.

    So that’s good. I just wanted to say that. Good job. You’re all doing better than usual.

    Carry on.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    @7

    To provide you with an honest answer, the answer to this one is simple: There’s money in attacking game companies, or any company that makes money. Why? There’s money in it. Corporate sabotage is one angle, and another is that there’s often juicy data available on unprotected servers which can be sold on.

    It’s usually not real (white hat) hackers that do this sort of thing, but rather marginally educated fraudsters. This is what makes me shake my head at large organisations who get hacked by these people. If it were a small indie dev then I’d understand that, but EIDOS? You’d expect them to be doing better.

    but at least the hack probably wasn’t too serious, and they’ve learned to tighten their security too, right? But yeah, that’s what this is about. It’s data snatching. It’s people trying to make a quick buck in the most idiotic and dangerous way possible.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. xino

    what is wrong with this hackers man!?
    soon the government are going to launch a new campaign or software, any victim of an hack breach they would use the software to trace the hackers.

    this is ridiculous!

    something is wrong with blogger of Google, I wonder if they were hacked.

    Monster.com were hacked once.
    and recently Lastpass announced about their own hack breached.

    this is getting out of control now!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Teabag

    @14 – Exactly!

    So many websites are getting hacked, it’s like all of the hackers in the world are joining the sausage fest to show who has the biggest e-Penis.

    This is getting absolutely out of hand. What are trying to accomplish?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    No one’s safe from these cyber criminals.

    #16 4 years ago

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