Personal info not compromised in Square Enix hack

Publisher confirms Members service intruder did not access identifying data, login credentials; service restoration due later this month.

Security breaches were one of the biggest stories of 2011, thanks to high-profile hacks to companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Valve. Square Enix was added to that list last week, when the company revealed a breach had occurred that may have affected gamers in North America and Japan.

Possible theme for Square Enix's next Final Fantasy effort: The Great Data Apocalypse.

The good news is that those who have accounts with the Square Enix Members service no longer need fear that their personal information was compromised due to the intrusion. This week, the company confirmed that the database containing registrants' personal information was not accessed during the security breach.

"As a result of our continuing investigation, we have now confirmed that the database in which we store personal information was NOT accessed during the recent server intrusion," the company said in a statement. "Therefore, your personal information was NOT compromised by an unknown third party." (emphasis in original)

In addition to the site (which serves as a blog for the publisher's products and gathering place for fans), Square Enix Members is a loyalty program where customers who register their games with the site can earn a variety of rewards. Past rewards have included special postcards, a messenger bag, and an engraved 8GB iPod Touch.

Square Enix has previously confirmed that the hacker did not obtain users' login credentials and that the incident had been reported to the Japanese government. The publisher went on to note that it plans to reopen its Members service by the end of the year. Square Enix expects to have specific details on its service restoration soon.

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toddx77
toddx77

@MW2ismygame No think about it. PSN, Steam, Nintendo, Sega, and now SE all get hacked and these people take no information. You would think after hacking Sony and Nintendo they would go for Microsoft but no they went to steam, sega, and SE forums. Plus look at the timing of the PSN hack. It was right after Portal 2 came out. Valve said the PS3 version was the superior console version because it could play online with PC/Mac and came with a free steam copy. Thus making the 360 version the inferior console version and before Portal 2 the 360 was the superior console for Valves games.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

@toddx77 just a few words paranoid ? self conscience ? fanboy ? much ?

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

and a few month ago everybody and their imaginary friend called intelligence was defending theses SOB's (hackers) i hope everybody realized hackers=bad for us. and im happy with how SE handled the hack by reporting it right away and prepared for the worst which thankfully did not happen im looking at you sony, anyway get back to work on KH3 NOW!!

eliebaz
eliebaz

I hope they found something about KH3 and are going to leak something :) atleast a story line. Anyways square take too long to produce any game, like FF13 versus, or KH3 God hurry up with your games

paxis85
paxis85

am i the only one who gets the feeling that these hacks were all done by the same people? furthermore isn't it a little odd that they got in under the radar and actually DIDN'T take anything? it sounds more to me like someone was trying to prove a point. frankly if it teaches people holding my data to fortify their defences better, i certainly won't complain.

Albaficas
Albaficas

ok now square get over with this piece of crap ff13-2 and bring my ps3 exclusive true ff mde by nomura himself VERSUS

servb0ts
servb0ts

That's goodvnews for gamers I hope they have a very merry christmas.

Flint247
Flint247

Good news. This year has been full of hacks. O:

rageman45
rageman45

Hackers beware someday the authorities will hunt you down and end your ridiculous attacks. >_>

toddx77
toddx77

Hmm interesting, once again no information was taken so why hack in the first place? This is just reinforcing my theory that all is hacking is being done by microsoft fan boys to make 360 and live look like the best service.

lotrtrunks
lotrtrunks

sounds like Sony's PR 1st day - Personal info not compromised 2nd day- some information may have been stolen week later- thousands of credit card numbers and personal data have been breached lesson- tell the truth on day 1

edant79
edant79

@zzamaro I support them. I like it when they attack big corporations in an attempt to steal my credit card info. They're the modern day Robin Hoods. ....much sarcasm here.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Hackers suck anyway. I'll never get why some people support them...

decoy1978
decoy1978

2011 is the Year of the Hack for video game companies. If any this just proves that no system or company is safe from cyber attacks. On a side note, why would anyone want to hack SE, that company is in such poor state right now I doubt there is anything worthwhile to steal.