Since yesterday, June 16, the SEGA Pass system has been offline, due to an attack by hackers. According to an e-mail sent by SEGA to users (including myself), some e-mail addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords were obtained by hackers. Fortunately, none of the passwords were stored in plain text, but it is still best to change your passwords on other sites if they happen to be the same as the SEGA one. No payment information was also stolen, as SEGA uses external payment providers. From the SEGA e-mail:
- Additionally we recommend you please take extra caution if you should receive suspicious emails that ask for personal or sensitive information.
- Therefore please do not attempt to login to SEGA Pass at present, we will communicate when the service becomes available.
- We sincerely apologise for this incident and regret any inconvenience caused.
Apparenly, this time LulzSec, the group behind most of the recent attacks against gaming companies, is not behind this one. They tweeted:
- @Sega - contact us. We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down.
This is getting quite ridiculous, though. When will this madness stop?