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. Jeff S

    When will companies start securing their stuff? Jeez.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • xkalibur

      nothing is ever secure in a universe of 0s and 1s my dear...trust me 🙂

      June 19, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jojo

    Oh no, the lifeless nerds strike again. Sega, you say? Oh, those villians.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    When will our government allow us to run enough security encryption to keep our PC's safe. They allow us to run as much security as we want for our homes. Why not our PC's? Because then they wouldn't be able to spy on us.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • GetErDonee

      Michael, all the encryption in the world, on your home PC, would not prevent hackers snagging your information off of a 3rd party website that is poorly secured.

      Also, the government, at least here in the US, does NOT limit what encryption you can use on your PC. PC Encryption only ensures that if someone took your laptop or broke into your house or if, as you may be implying, the government took your PC, that they cannot see your information.

      Encryption is a very small piece of the recipe for security.

      June 19, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      Actually, since the Clinton administration, and continuing to this day, the US government HAS been trying to limit the amount of cryptography available to citizens. Google "Clipper chip".

      June 19, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • What

      Bozo, the 1990s are calling, they want their clipper chip news story back.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • GetErDonee

      Trying to limit or appearing to limit are not the same as actually doing such. Go to trycrypt.org dudes and please stop posting FUD.

      June 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sega, Really?

    Sega still exists?

    June 19, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Yeah and I think Sonic is the CEO

      June 19, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. gingersrule1

    When? I don't think they can honestly? I think the hackers will only get better at what they do. I would like to see them actually do some real damage here. If hackers could start a war then they'd have a name for themselves. Then theyd give me something to fight for. As of right now in America the only thing I'd fight for is my family.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Negga-Tron 9000

    My money's on Dr. Robotnik.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    What would you say if a federal law was passed that limited you to one dead-bolt on your front door? Well, that's exactly how it is with our PC's. Federal law limits how much security encryption we are allowed to run. There is simply no way to stop the thieves without stopping the government also.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • cybermax

      Oh please! No one's preventing you from running AES, SSL, BlowFish, 3DES and anything you wish concurrently even. Nothing will prevent thieves from getting in if you set all the passcodes to 'bitemehard'. You're the weakest link...goodbye.

      June 19, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      @cybermax. A Weakest Link joke? Really? Wow, there are Urkel references that seem less dated than that.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. AGuest9

    When are companies going to start taking security seriously? "Good enough" obviously isn't good enough!

    June 19, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Trish

    Hey guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life... thank you..

    June 19, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jokesterer


    June 19, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Me

    Theres still Sega? Holy crap. I didnt know anyone used email in 1983.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Your joke is FAIL

      June 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zebulon Pi

    Simple, really.

    Make hacking a federal felony, punishable by 5 years minimum, automatically, no wiggle room.

    Get serious about it, make the script kiddies and the LOIC riders scared to do it, then round up the 'real' ones and let them rot.

    Or heck, give them to the Chinese, THEY know what to do with hackers.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank S

      Yes, because mandatory minimum sentences have worked so well in the war on drugs.

      June 19, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • cybermax

      Who are you kidding...most of these hackers are Chinese!!!

      June 19, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • San Jose Jay

      Yeah because the war on drugs is such a parallel to this... they have NOTHING in common. Hackers are out there to cause mayhem, steal personal information, interfere with business, and should be punished for the damage they've done. I don't know many potheads who smoke out and want to take on the CIA right after... well maybe a few, but that was some really good reefer!!

      June 19, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jud Nelson

      There are federal laws about certain types of hacking, go to FBI cybercrimes to see what they are. However, with out hacking there would be no networking or even PC's. Do some research on what hacking really is before you go off the wall on rants without knowing what you are talking about.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Al Bundy

    Why should they worry ? They hire H1Bs who are all off by themselves at national banks doing whatever the hell they please. They have direct access into bank databases and therefore they have the keys to the vault.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Was it Anonymous?

    June 19, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Name*azzaezel

    information is not like money, it flows right though steel walls.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
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