Sega Pass Shuts Down After Cyber Attack
Sega Corp has been forced to shut down its online network after a cyber attack reportedly led to the theft of more than a million user information, the Japanese game maker announced over the weekend.
Some 1.3 million e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords were stolen from the Sega Pass network, the company said. However, Sega assured that credit card numbers of the network’s users were not affected by the attack, which came nearly two months after Sony Corp’s PlayStation Network also fell prey to hackers. Sega apologized for the service stoppage, and admitted that it is not sure when the network will be back online. “We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers. We want to work on strengthening security,” spokeswoman Yoko Nagasawa said.
The Sega Pass hit continues the recent spike of cyber attacks against major companies and organizations. Only last month, the International Monetary Fund and Citigroup were also attacked by hackers. Citigroup said around 360,000 accounts were affected by the attack.