Hackers breach servers of Japanese game developer Square Enix

Japanese game developer Square Enix servers containing data on 1.8 million customers was hacked yesterday. The extent of the damage is not yet known. The producer of hit titles such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest pulled down the Square Enix Members service shortly after discovering evidence of an intruder. The intruder breached an unknown number of servers that could hold data for the service’s one million members in Japan and 800,000 members in North America, but left untouched the servers with its 300,000 European members.

Square Enix found evidence of an intruder around noon (0300 GMT) Tuesday, and pulled down the service about an hour later. The affected servers stored the customers’ names and email addresses. Many members have also registered their postal addresses and phone numbers. The servers do not have credit card information and other identification information. Earlier this year entertainment giant Sony came under a series of attacks, affecting more than 100 million customer accounts in one of the largest data breaches ever.

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