Sega Hacked, 1.3 Million User Accounts Compromised

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Yet another attack against a gaming site has been reported—this time it’s Sega that’s been hit, with the company reporting that the “names, birth dates, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords” of 1.3 million of its users have been compromised, according to Reuters.

The company confirmed that users of the “Sega Pass” network have been affected but stressed that the passwords associated with each account had been encrypted first.

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That’s not to say that those passwords are totally safe, of course, but it’d take quite a while longer to expose an encrypted password than it would to expose a password that’d been stored in “plaintext.” One of the recent attacks against Sony found hackers claiming that over a million user passwords had been stored in plaintext.

While hacking group “LulzSec” has claimed to have been behind several high-profile attacks in the past month—including attacks against other gaming sites—the group posted the following update to its Twitter feed in regards to this recent Sega hack:

“@Sega – contact us. We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down.”

So there’s that. We may never know whether that’s a sincere gesture or a bit of misdirection, but that’s what makes hacking interesting, right?

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