Deus Ex Site Hacked, Scores 3.4 on The PSNGate Scale
I figured as the hacking of videogame websites seems to be becoming quite a regular event we should have some kind of scale, hence the PSNGate scale. A three is troublesome, but not terrible.
The main Eidos Interactive website and the Deus Ex site were defaced on Wednesday after hackers got into the company’s web servers. The company has now admitted that as well as websites being defaced, some personal data has also been stolen.
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 measures, which we test regularly, to guard against this sort of incident.
So, hackers gained some resumes and email addresses. No other personal information was lost, which is good. Well, not good, but not as bad as you would probably expect.
At least, that’s what Square Enix are saying. What’s actually happened may be a lot worse. Either a torrent will pop up with everyone’s passwords and mother’s names in, or everything will go away and we’ll never really know what happened. Neither are particularly calming, but that’s sadly the state of our information these days.
This is your weekly reminder not to use the same password for multiple websites.