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Published on May 13th, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey

Square Enix Responds to Hacker Attack

Not long ago I reported on the theft of around 80,000 user accounts and 9,000 resumes. Square Enix confirmed the attack, but the numbers aren’t as bad as initially reported.

Square Enix stated the website held no credit card information, so don’t be so quick to start cancelling those cards. The spokesperson admitted the loss of user data, saying 25,000 email addresses were taken along with 350 resumes. Those numbers are a far cry from the initial 80,000 and 9,000 respectively, but the aftermath is still bad with those who had uploaded their information to the website.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

“We immediately took the sites offline to assess how this had happened and what had been accessed,” the spokesperson continued, “then took further measures to increase the security of these and all of our websites, before allowing the sites to go live again.”

“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.”

Our previous report, using details provided by KrebsOnSecurity, stated the hackers said on their IRC channel they plan on distributing the information on file sharing networks.

“We take the security of our websites extremely seriously and employ strict measures, which we test regularly, to guard against this sort of incident.”

More on the Eidos/Deus Ex website hack will be provided as new details emerge.

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