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Sega Pass Hacked, User Information Compromised

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 06/17/11 06:40 PM ET Updated: 08/17/11 06:12 AM ET

Another video game company has been hacked. This time, it's Sega.

The company's Sega Pass system, which distributes free content like demos to users, was taken offline on Thursday. According to the email sent to users, reprinted by PlayStation Lifestyle, "unauthorized" entry was discovered on the database. No payment information has been compromised.

Sony wrote that some users' email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords were taken. Payment details are safe, however, as Sega uses external payment providers. Sega advised that users should change passwords for other sites they may have used the same login information for, and to beware emails asking for personal information.

"We immediately took the appropriate action to protect our consumers’ data and isolate the location of the breach," Sega wrote. "We have launched an investigation into the extent of the breach of our public systems."

While some have speculated that LulzSec, which claimed responsibility for hacks of Sony and the CIA's website, is responsible for this latest attack, the group denied involvement. "@Sega - contact us. We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down," it wrote on its Twitter.

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