Sega 'Strengthening Security' Over Recent Hacking, While Other Hackers Offer Help

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Posted by patrickklepek (4924 posts) -

Some of the power behind the word "hack" has been lost the past few months, as hacking becomes a routine headline, in the wake of the PlayStation Network attack that compromised 55 million accounts.

Sega's one of the most recent targets, with the company's Sega Pass database getting infiltrated, exposing the personal information (names, emails, encrypted passwords) of 1.3 million customers.

"We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers," said a Sega spokesperson to Reuters. "We want to work on strengthening security."

Of course, that's what every company says following a hack. Sega did note the passwords were not stored in plain text. Sega Pass has been down since June 16.

More interestingly, noted web troublemakers LulzSec, who've been making headlines the past week or so by bringing down various online game services and websites, has offered Sega help.

"We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you," said LulzSec on Twitter. "We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down."

Something tells me they won't be calling.

Staff
#1 Posted by patrickklepek (4924 posts) -

Some of the power behind the word "hack" has been lost the past few months, as hacking becomes a routine headline, in the wake of the PlayStation Network attack that compromised 55 million accounts.

Sega's one of the most recent targets, with the company's Sega Pass database getting infiltrated, exposing the personal information (names, emails, encrypted passwords) of 1.3 million customers.

"We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers," said a Sega spokesperson to Reuters. "We want to work on strengthening security."

Of course, that's what every company says following a hack. Sega did note the passwords were not stored in plain text. Sega Pass has been down since June 16.

More interestingly, noted web troublemakers LulzSec, who've been making headlines the past week or so by bringing down various online game services and websites, has offered Sega help.

"We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you," said LulzSec on Twitter. "We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down."

Something tells me they won't be calling.

Staff
#2 Posted by Crunchman (390 posts) -

Great!

#3 Posted by peteisfat (51 posts) -

Fuck this, this shits retarded as fuck.

#4 Posted by Ezekeilpurger (322 posts) -

I don't understand. What? Why? LulzSec, why are you guys so insane?

#5 Posted by Jayzz (592 posts) -

why is everything getting hacked now a days? :(

#6 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -

At this stage you're probably better off deleting your own accounts on every developer site. Just like the way you slash your own car tires or jam the console with a screwdriver. "HAHA! Jokes on you thief!"

#7 Posted by Guyzea (816 posts) -

Hack the fucking planet already.

#8 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -
@Ezekeilpurger said:

I don't understand. What? Why? LulzSec, why are you guys so insane?

WE LOVE THAT CONSOLE THAT DIED 10 YEARS AGO 
YOU HAVE OUR SUPPORT
#9 Posted by VengefulGiblets (13 posts) -

Ah, AJ, I just fell in crush with her all over again. <3

#10 Posted by kollay (1930 posts) -

They did it for the... what exactly?

#11 Posted by Mijati (922 posts) -

One of the people that was effected by this, was a lovely email to wake up to the other morning.

#12 Posted by mbkish (246 posts) -

Kind of getting sick of getting these emails saying that a company's site has been hacked.

#13 Posted by Subjugation (4722 posts) -

I got an email from Sega days ago about the intrusion. This is all beginning to feel so very commonplace.

#14 Posted by MisterMouse (3555 posts) -

ughh... I am getting sick of this.

#15 Posted by onimonkii (2446 posts) -
@Guyzea said:
Hack the fucking planet already.
#16 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Didn't Sega die 10 years ago ? 
 
what the hell is sega pass and who uses it exactly ?

#17 Posted by Xeiphyer (5605 posts) -

The fact that every single company can be easily targeted and hacked with this sort of frequency really goes to show that software security needs to be updated and improved across the board. 
 
It really sucks that the end user is losing their info because of this, but nobody has reported and fraud or anything thus far right? So that could be way worse. Hopefully everyone can improve their security before real assholes decide to steal our shit =/

#18 Edited by fisk0 (4172 posts) -

@Ahmad_Metallic said:

Didn't Sega die 10 years ago ? what the hell is sega pass and who uses it exactly ?

In case you hadn't noticed they're still a rather big publisher, and Sega Pass is their equivalent of the EA Online Register, the Rockstar Social Club, MyCrysis, Bungie's Halo stuff, the upcoming Call of Duty Elite site and all the other game registry services publishers have had for the past couple of decades. It's just a place where you register the games you've bought from them, often with a registration code bundled in the box if you bought it new, and let you sign up for the mailing list, occasionally get discounts on products, hints/cheats or stuff like that.

#19 Posted by tourgen (4515 posts) -

I'm sure I'm not the only person who makes up 100% bullshit for these online game site registrations. Sometimes I even go so far as to use a temporary e-mail address generator. I bet half of those accounts are junk.

#20 Edited by Branthog (5562 posts) -

No, Patrick. Some of the power behind the word "hacking" has been lost over the last two DECADES as people in the media - like yourself and many, many others - wrongly apply it to the abusive or even illegal activities conducted by *crackers* and script kiddies.

It does real hackers in the technology professions a huge disservice when people continue to refer to such activities as "hacking" and such people as "hackers". It'd be a bit like if we all started referring to plagiarism as "journalism" and then real journalists would be pissed, because the term had been misappropriated for devious activities which don't have anything to do with "real journalists".

Also, whether or not there are crackers out there causing mischief, you are still responsible for as much of your own security as you can control. For example, not using the same password on every website you use and not using obvious or common passwords. If you use a different complex password at every site and service, then when one is compromised, it means very little to you - as long as they haven't compromised actual *data*, like a credit card number. Which, of course, you can also have control over if your bank offers something like "Save Shop" where you can use a specific credit card number generated just for each specific service, therefore limiting the extent of any of that data being lost.

#21 Posted by VanTesla (246 posts) -

LulzSec seem Bipolar to me...
#22 Posted by VanTesla (246 posts) -
@Jayzz said:

               

why is everything getting hacked now a days? :(


           

Because the worlds full of assholes...
#23 Edited by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

Maybe be a responsible journalist and stop giving these idiots this kind of "positive" attention and reinforcement? The only reason they do it is for this kind of "publicity" and you're playing into their little troll hands, like a Metallica comment in a Megadeth YouTube video... or vice versa.
 
Please stop reporting these things unless it's good news.

#24 Posted by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -

@Branthog: Hacking started out as term that meant someone was throwing some code together without any real thought to it. Also, it comes from the phrase "That guy's a total hack!" meaning he's nothing special compared to the hype surrounding him.

#25 Posted by Branthog (5562 posts) -

@Xeiphyer said:

The fact that every single company can be easily targeted and hacked with this sort of frequency really goes to show that software security needs to be updated and improved across the board. It really sucks that the end user is losing their info because of this, but nobody has reported and fraud or anything thus far right? So that could be way worse. Hopefully everyone can improve their security before real assholes decide to steal our shit =/

Exactly. It's a shame that people do shitty things, but that doesn't excuse companies with bad security practices and end-users with bad security practices. People need to take an active role in guarding their security, just like the businesses do. Nobody has the right to burglarize my home, but people would have less sympathy for me if I keep the drapes open so everyone can see a house full of expensive goodies, plus leaving my front door unlocked and literally wide open, and all the windows slid open, and no lights at night for security, and no security system, and no dog around the place to give a yelp on intrusion.

#26 Posted by Beforet (2922 posts) -

Can anyone explain the random picture of a pretty lady? Not that there's anything wrong with pictures of pretty ladies.

#27 Posted by jmrwacko (2443 posts) -
@MysteriousBob said:
@Ezekeilpurger said:

I don't understand. What? Why? LulzSec, why are you guys so insane?

WE LOVE THAT CONSOLE THAT DIED 10 YEARS AGO YOU HAVE OUR SUPPORT
Dude, Dreamcast was teh best console evar.
#28 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -
@Beforet said:

Can anyone explain the random picture of a pretty lady? Not that there's anything wrong with pictures of pretty ladies.

  
#29 Posted by Marokai (2986 posts) -

I'm sure they're far too self-righteous, just like everyone else, to actually bring some random hacker into their fold for their perspective and help in building new security.

#30 Posted by EuanDewar (4969 posts) -

Oh god, I forgot about that movie.

#31 Posted by sagarat (35 posts) -
@Branthog: I don't think that most of these companies had poor security. There is no evidence that the security was anything below the industry standards. I also think that the CIA, who's website was also recently hacked, could of started off with above average security. 
I think the problem is that there is little hope of preventing a determined group of people from gaining unwanted access to a computer system. For the majority of companies, standard security measures are more than adequate, but if they have the attention of several knowledgeable hackers, then there is no guarantee that whatever security they to implement, no matter how intricate and costly, will prevent them from finding a way around it.
#32 Posted by niamahai (1405 posts) -

who is this lady and why is she relevant to the article?

#33 Posted by Icadae (103 posts) -
@sagarat:  
 
No. That is the point. These companies who handle millions of personal information data, credit card info and other potentially damaging pieces of information have so shitty a security that anyone who cares to google SQL injection or LOIC, would be fully able to gain access to any of the previous hacked sites, Sony in particular. 
 
Instead of legislate the problem away, you should be angry not at LulzSec but that the fucktards that run the websites. It's really that simple. Sadly, it will probably backfire due to Joe Everyman equating hackers with witches of ol'. 
 
Well, it's a good thing Spain and Turkey kick-started the inquisition.
#34 Posted by AuthenticM (3739 posts) -

2011 will forever be remembered as the year when society finally took Internet security seriously.

#35 Posted by VashTS (92 posts) -
@niamahai: Angelina Jolie from the classic film "Hackers".
#36 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

"We like these guys because they made a cool console 10 years ago"

I hate Lulsec immensely

#37 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

Just call the good hackers, Deckers. Problem solved.

#38 Posted by Zero_ (1973 posts) -

Crash. And Burn.

#39 Posted by Surkov (992 posts) -

 Guys! They hacked the Genesis! 
 

#40 Posted by squidracerX (772 posts) -
@peteisfat said:
Fuck this, this shits retarded as fuck.
#41 Posted by retsub101 (168 posts) -

Sigh............ 
 
It never ends this shit.

#42 Posted by Kirbichu54 (120 posts) -

"We want to work on strengthening security." 
  
This coming from the company that can't secure their own FTP servers.

#43 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

YAWN. The worst part about this whole series of affairs is that they've made hacking both totally uncool and also very boring. Booooooo.

#44 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

this is seriously getting out of hand

#45 Posted by Rekt_Hed (848 posts) -

If all hackers were clones of Angelina Jolie I'd be happy for hackers to keep doing what they do

#46 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2382 posts) -

What is going on? Why are these major companies this vulnerable?

#47 Posted by fox01313 (5074 posts) -

It'd be hilarious if LulzSec found out that someone in their stupid group hacked Sega & the group just destroys itself to make the internet a slightly better place.

Online
#48 Posted by TotalEklypse (1000 posts) -
@Branthog said:

No, Patrick. Some of the power behind the word "hacking" has been lost over the last two DECADES as people in the media - like yourself and many, many others - wrongly apply it to the abusive or even illegal activities conducted by *crackers* and script kiddies.

It does real hackers in the technology professions a huge disservice when people continue to refer to such activities as "hacking" and such people as "hackers". It'd be a bit like if we all started referring to plagiarism as "journalism" and then real journalists would be pissed, because the term had been misappropriated for devious activities which don't have anything to do with "real journalists".

Also, whether or not there are crackers out there causing mischief, you are still responsible for as much of your own security as you can control. For example, not using the same password on every website you use and not using obvious or common passwords. If you use a different complex password at every site and service, then when one is compromised, it means very little to you - as long as they haven't compromised actual *data*, like a credit card number. Which, of course, you can also have control over if your bank offers something like "Save Shop" where you can use a specific credit card number generated just for each specific service, therefore limiting the extent of any of that data being lost.

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#49 Posted by Eyz (451 posts) -

Everyone's getting hacked!
Microsoft will announce by the end of the week they'll give jobs to those guys and keep 'em to themselves.

#50 Posted by Vexxan (4623 posts) -

Didn't even know there was something called "Sega Pass".

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