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. banasy

    I knew about this a week ago.

    CNN on the cuttuing edge, as always.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      What's more impressive is the fact that Sega actually encrypted the passwords. Sony could take a lesson from these guys. One 3 letter function used by millions of websites that maintain a user database.... MD5()

      June 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franken

      You knew about it a week ago, but it happened Friday. Are you a wizard?

      June 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • blaj

      The article said "encoded passwords". If the passwords were hashed with a weak cipher, like MD5, or SHA256, they can be reversed. Encoded does not mean encrypted.

      June 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Oops, that' *cutting*.
    My editor has a headache today.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • phred

      No matter how you spell it...you're still wrong.

      June 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. randy

    sega really what do they sell ?

    June 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Uh...ever heard of the Sony Playstation...the most popular gaming console on the planet?

      June 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lolz

      Isn't the SONY playstation made by SONY, not SEGA? lol

      June 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon is silly

      Really, Jon? The SONY Playstation is sold by Sega??

      June 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sega Playstation

      Yeah...you never heard of the Sony Dreamcast??

      June 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • No, Jon's a Moron

      Um..ever heard of knowing what you're talking about?

      June 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LM

      Sega makes games these days, including some for the playstation.

      June 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phil McCracken

    What's next to be hacked into?? Certainly not CNN.coms website.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      certainly no information here to steal

      June 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @PMcC:

    What would there be to steal?
    Would somebody hack into it to *plant* news?

    All of the E-Mail addresses are fake, at least on *this* blog!

    June 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Ass

    WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST ONLINE GAMING??????????

    June 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gracko

      Online gaming is fine. It's the online GAMERS who are the problem.

      June 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sega??

    What did they find? Old Dreamcast games? Sonic the Hedgehog? The code from Street Fighter?

    June 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @Sega??

    Ha!

    June 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Trident

    Who the heck even has a Sega anymore??

    June 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eisenbise

    Maybe the headline should read "Customers'.." Unless it was only one person's compromised information.

    June 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fearlessdude

    Next they are going to hack a flat rock to see what is under it.

    June 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PAUL

    This is old news CNN, way to keep on top of things.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jeff

    How hard is it to hire a guy that watches traffic at say sega, and turns off the connection when someone starts transfering all the data off the server.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. miamiitalian

    Affecting the 4 people who still use sega

    June 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    Yes.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
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