Just as Sony are slowly phasing the PSN network online across the globe another gaming company has fallen victim to the wrath of childish hackers. Honestly, its almost got to the point where the bigger picture of what is going on has been forgotten in lieu of a cat and mouse style “game” between hackers and large entertainment corporations. This has gone beyond piracy issues, pride and morals and entered the territory of large scale theft.
The latest attack involves Eidos, the company that has brought the wonderfully lovely lara croft to us via tomb raider as well as the Deus Ex franchise which has an upcoming release. The company has confirmed that up to 3 sites under their control had been breached and consequently taken offline. Via their official website SquareEnix released the following statement.
“Square Enix can confirm a group of hackers gained access to parts of our Eidosmontreal.com website as well as two of our product sites. We immediately took the sites offline to assess how this had happened and what had been accessed, then took further measures to increase the security of these and all of our websites, before allowing the sites to go live again.
Eidosmontreal.com does not hold any credit card information or code data, however there are resumes which are submitted to the website by people interested in jobs at the studio. Regrettably up to 350 of these resumes may have been accessed, and we are in the process of writing to each of the individuals who may have been affected to offer our sincere apologies for this situation. In addition, we have also discovered that up to 25,000 email addresses were obtained as a result of this breach. These email addresses are not linked to any additional personal information. They were site registration email addresses provided to us for users to receive product information updates.
No dissemination or misappropriation of any other personal information has been identified at this point.
We take the security of our websites extremely seriously and employ strict measure, which we test regularly, to guard against this sort of incident.”