Sega is the latest game company to be hit, following in the steps of Nintendo, Bethesda, Sony and more. Meanwhile, another group claims to have breached Sony Pictures – this time in France.
Sega, hit late last week, is the bigger of the two attacks, with cyberthieves taking personal information from 1.2 million users – including usernames, passwords, real names, birthdates and more. Sega says no credit card information seems to have been taken – but it's keeping its Sega Pass web portal closed for a bit to work on patching the vulnerabilities.
In a strange twist, the hacker group LulzSec has offered to assist Sega in the search for the culprits since it said its members were big fans of the Dreamcast. (LulzSec, by the way, has so far been doing all in its power to stay in the media spotlight – including announcing today that it was declaring "open war" against all governments, banks and big corporations in the world.)
At Sony, it's more of the same.
Hackers posted a list of 70 emails they claim to have taken from the Sony Pictures France site. The duo says it’s a small sample of the more than 177,000 they took from the site.
Third-party site Attrition.org, which has been tracking the Sony attacks, notes this is the 20th successful attack on the company in the last two months.