June 2011 – Sega Pass Breach

Even casual gamers might be surprised to hear that Sega, the Japanese video game conglomerate synonymous with Sonic the Hedgehog in the early ‘90s, is still around. One big reason it is still around is SegaPass, the company’s online network of flash-based games. The problem for Sega is that Sega Pass, which also doubles as a newsletter service, has been down since last June.

Even casual gamers might be surprised to hear that Sega, the Japanese video game conglomerate synonymous with Sonic the Hedgehog in the early ’90s, is still around. One big reason it is still around is SegaPass, the company’s online network of flash-based games. The problem for Sega is that Sega Pass, which also doubles as a newsletter service, has been down since last June. Hackers stole information (names, birth dates, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords) belonging to 1.3 million of the site’s customers, rendering the site useless for almost a year. Lulzsec, the group that attacked Sony’s PSN, say they’re not involved and even offered to help the company find the hackers responsible, shortly after the attack.

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