Extent of Sega being down and punishment for hackers

By Posted 20 Jun 2011, 15:34

You may remember that on June 16, 2011 Sega became the latest victim of being hacked, now as time has gone on we have learned the extent of Sega being down. This is a stark contrast to a couple of months ago, when Sony left PSN users in limbo, as they had no idea what was going on. We also have some interesting information regarding the punishment for the hackers responsible.

Sega Corp has been very quick to offer users details of Sega Pass, and this just shows how things like this should be dealt with. We can now inform you that the details of 1.3 million users has been taken without consent, these include names, email addresses, date of births and passwords, which were encrypted – unlike Sony then.

However, Reuters has learned that Sega has confirmed that payment details are still safe, but it is still a worry. It does seem as though gaming services are now an easy target from hackers, and that this could affect how we approach them in the future. Having something like Sega Pass or the PlayStation Network taken from you is not fun, and leaves you with not only a hole in your spare time, but also fearing that you could become the victim of fraud.

The Japanese company is unsure as to when the service will be back online, but rest assured we will keep you fully informed. Computer hacker group Lulz Security who recently hacked Sony Pictures is not happy about this latest hack and wants to know who is responsible, they will do what it takes to track them down and then punish them – how they plan to do this we have yet to learn.

This is a kick in the teeth for Sega, as they had only just launched a series of new security measure following the recent attacks on Sony. One would have thought that such a thing would not be able to happen after improvements to the security had been made, but we all know how determined these hackers can be when they need to.

Those wanting to know more will not find any information on the official Sega Forum, as that is down as well. You cannot help but worry, as it seems each week we learn that yet another company has been hacked – what happens when something even more serious gets hacked? America does not take this thing lightly, saying that if anyone hacks any of their systems, then this is seen as an act of war. Now how could Sony, Sega etc have such a tough stance?

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