June 19th, 2011
06:02 AM ET

Customer's personal information stolen from Sega database

Hackers have stolen personal information from over 1.2 million customers of the Japanese gaming company SEGA, according to a company statement.

The breach occurred Friday and targeted user data from subsidiary "SEGA Pass", which is operated by Britain-based SEGA Europe Limited (SEL).

The service was "illegally accessed from outside and personal information of all 1,290,755 customers of the service... were brought outside of the system," according to SEGA. The information included names, birth dates, e-mail addresses and "encoded passwords," the statement said.

But the company emphasized that it "does not hold any confidential information such as credit card information." SEGA says it shut down service as soon as it confirmed the illegal access and sent affected customers an e-mail apology.

The company says it is investigating the cyber break-in.

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  1. Rick1948

    This hacking is easy to stop. Make it a federal crime with a very low threshold of proof required and a mandatory sentence of 20 years. Then, send the FBI after them. After three or four end up in a federal pen, the rest will get the hint. They are a waste of oxygen anyway.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Simple and effective...sounds fine to me

      June 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pav13

      These hackers were probably in russia or china. How exactly will you prosecute them? It took us 10 years to get osama, the most wanted man by the U.S. So you think we will spend resources to get a couple of no-names from russia? Get real. People who say they have a simple way to prevent something usually just spout puffed up bravado. Just be happy in your mobile home and leave the critical thinking to those that can handle it.

      June 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • c shot

      Do you really think that all or even a majority of threats are under the jurisdiction of the FBI / from the US?

      June 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheKillingWords

      10 years to get Osama. Yeah, it only took that long be cause we let him go multiple times.

      June 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • thel33tone

      for what? whens the last time money was stolen or property damaged or people hurt from hackers? they dont even do anything they just do it for fun to show how smart they are. they targeted VIDEO GAME COMPANIES not credit or banks. duh, the fbi could care less because there not a threat just like neighborhood kids ding-dong-ditching your house. i bet your one of the people that call the cops when that happens to you

      June 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      Yeah right. The hackers could be in any part of the world. The U.S. government can't even locate a terrorist web site to shut it down.

      The real solution: Go after companies who promise to keep user data safe then lose it by the millions, for breach of contract. After a few convictions I'd bet people's data will be much safer.

      June 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scootar

      Better yet, make it a capital offense. Why feed and clothe and shelter these people for 20 years? Punishable by death.

      June 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Opinion

      I say put them in a padded cell for 5 years with "Girls They Wanna Have Fun" blasting non-stop from the moment they wake up until 2am.

      June 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The problem is, they can't catch them because they use proxies that conceal their whereabouts.

      June 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • william lynch

      this is god's revenge on gamers. he hates gamers. in the bible.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      One day, in the near future, all male hackers and their male offspring will be hung from their b alls until all reproductive juices have gone. All the female hackers will be given to perverted politicians for their amusement.

      June 20, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. SeauxGood

    SEGA still exists? LOL

    June 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shin

      Misinformed comment. They still making games for all systems. They only abandoned having their own system.

      June 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      that was my reaction also

      June 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MS

    What were the hackers looking for? Cheat codes for Sonic the Hedgehog 3? It's not like Sega is in its prime and would have valuable information.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • thel33tone

      lol exactly my point. hah yea i havent heard of sega in years

      June 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      Glad to know I'm not the only one thinking this! I can't remember the last time I even saw a game made by Sega.... other than Sonic of course.

      June 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Ask the 1.2 million customers who just had their personal data stolen

      June 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shin

      Sega is still actually making games for all platforms... you all know nothing about gaming at all.

      June 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tldixon

    very simple... put down that lame game and get a life

    June 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. edvhou812

    CNN, the rest of the media, and the corporations are playing into the hackers' hands by giving these hacks so much publicity.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1978

    I have been working diligently to hack Pong and Intellivision.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      You can't hack them. They didn't have computers that networked back then...

      June 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @Pav13

    How long did it take you to think up a response that was snarky and unnecessary?

    Why don't you leave the critical thinking to people who can actually have a thought process that doesn't have to be insulting in addition to informative?

    June 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TacticalGhost

      My Post Can Beat up yours 🙂

      June 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jim

    Ha ha ha. I love the you know nothing about gaming/computer security comments. They dont know, because they dont care, they have girlfriends. Real life ones that put out.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pauper

    Why did they go after Sega though? Was this a test-run for something bigger?

    June 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fred

    I agree termlimits. Every single politician and NSA/CIA employee who was in on bribing Microsoft into engeneering a back-door so they could spy on their feloow American's should be shot.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
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