“We have reason to believe that unknown parties may have gained unauthorized access to a particular Square Enix server related to the free Square Enix Members service offered in North America and Japan,” read a press release issued by publisher Square Enix earlier today. Operation of the service was temporarily suspended in response to the malicious attack and is expected to be down for at least several days.
Continuing, Square said, “some personal information may have been accessed, we can confirm that there is no possibility of any credit card information leak from this incident, since the server in question stores no credit card information.” The Japanese firm is investigating the incident to discover the extent of the damage. MTB knows that you’ve heard that line a thousand times already this year and are probably rolling your eyes right now, but that’s just the way it goes.
Square has become the latest to be victimized by a string of high-profile hacks that have plagued the industry almost the entire year. Sony, Nintendo, Sega, and Valve are just a few of the others that have had their services and/or websites compromised by unauthorized parties during what has become the year of the hack.
For its part, Square says, ” We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of the Square Enix Members service. We take data security extremely seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused customers and fans. We appreciate your patience and support at this time.”
We’ll have more for you as the situation continues to develop in the days ahead.
[Source: Square Enix]
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