Here’s part of the statement from Square Enix:
Square Enix can confirm a group of hackers gained access to parts of our Eidosmontreal.com website as well as two of our product sites. We immediately took the sites offline to assess how this had happened and what had been accessed, then took further measures to increase the security of these and all of our websites, before allowing the sites to go live again.
Eidosmontreal.com does not hold any credit card information or code data, however there are resumes which are submitted to the website by people interested in jobs at the studio. Regrettably up to 350 of these resumes may have been accessed, and we are in the process of writing to each of the individuals who may have been affected to offer our sincere apologies for this situation. In addition, we have also discovered that up to 25,000 email addresses were obtained as a result of this breach. These email addresses are not linked to any additional personal information. They were site registration email addresses provided to us for users to receive product information updates.
There are two main risks here.
One threat is that if your email address is one of the 25,000 that has been stolen, you could receive a scam email (perhaps containing a malicious link or attached Trojan horse) that pretends to come from a video game company. After all, the hackers know that you’re interested enough in video games to give your email address to Eidos.
Secondly, the resumes from job hunters. This is a more serious problem. Just think of all the personal information you include on your CV: full name, date of birth, email and home address, telephone number, job history. This kind of information is a god-send to identity thieves interested in defrauding internet users.
So, it seems Sony is not the only video game company to be having problems with its computer security.
Lets hope the continuing stream of stories of companies having customer data stolen from them makes them take security more seriously in the future.
More information about the hack can be found on the KrebsOnSecurity blog.
Source :- http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com
- Eidos confirms website hack, email addresses and resumes stolen (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- “Hacker attack breaches Square Enix Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Eidos web-sites” and related posts (videogamesblogger.com)
- E-Mails and Resumes Stolen in Eidos Website Hacking (1up.com)
- Fauxnonymous Strikes Again? Eidos Site Hacked, User Info Snatched (techland.time.com)
- Eidos Hacked: Thousands of E-Mails, Resumes at Risk (wired.com)
- Anonymous Hacks Eidos, Deus Ex Websites (escapistmagazine.com)
- Report: Eidos and Deus Ex websites hacked, user information obtained (joystiq.com)
- Games maker Square Enix hacked (bbc.co.uk)
- Cyberwar continues: another game company hacked, info compromised (dvice.com)
- Eidos servers hacked, was Deus Ex source code taken? (geek.com)
A typical message reads as follows:
Subject: You visit illegal websites
Attached file: Document.zip
Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached.
If you make the mistake of running the program in the attached ZIP file, you’ll find that your computer is hit with a fake anti-virus attack – designed to scare you into handing over your credit card details.
Of course, if you have your wits about you you would realise that the email looks very suspicious in the first place. But there’s always the danger that some folks will be so worried that the FBI believes they might have been visiting naughty websites, that they’ll click on unsolicited email attachments without thinking.
Source :- http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com
- FBI says you’ve been visiting illegal websites? It’s a malware attack (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- ‘You visit illegal websites’ FBI-themed emails lead to scareware (zdnet.com)
- Spam from your Facebook account? Malware attack poses as official warning (pratyushkp.wordpress.com)
- FBI, CIPAV spyware, and the anti-virus companies ” Kevin Townsend (kevtownsend.wordpress.com)
- My naked picture is attached – malware spammed out (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Spam from your Facebook account? Malware attack poses as official warning (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- FedEx notification malware attack spammed out (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- DSC0173519.zip – spammed out malware attack poses as photo attachment (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- FBI Warning about Internet Searches on OBL (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- FBI Issues Usama Bin Laden Death Email Scam Warning (jcijcp.wordpress.com)
Yesterday around 150000 Gmail users account were disabled by the Google system. They lost all their emails, attachments and chat logs. Google explained that approximately 0.08% of its users were affected by this bug. This bug reset all these accounts and even sent them the Google start up mail that any new user of Gmail receives.
Google reported on its dashboard that the engineers are working to get the problem fixed and restore full access. When the Google spokesman was contacted, a clear message was sent across stating that all the mails and accounts would be restored. Though many users are still apprehensive about the fact that all their messages would be restored.
Meanwhile others are advised to take precautions and store a backup of all their emails. There is a free application for Mac, PC and Linux called Gmail Backup. This is quick and easy to use. After downloading this software, Google asks for your account details and begins backing up your emails securely. Users have suggested various other sites for backing up their emails as many found that this software is not supported with Mac. Some of the popular ones are backupify.com and eternos.com.
- Gmail bug deletes emails for 150,000 users (infoworld.com)
- Gmail Bug Deletes E-Mails for 150,000 Users (pcworld.com)
- Free Backup Gmail Emails with Gmail backup (madrasgeek.com)
- 150,000 Gmail users bugged, all Emails and attachments lost! (globalthoughtz.com)
- Google Explains Gmail Fail That ‘Erased’ Users’ Emails, Disabled Accounts (huffingtonpost.com)
- Google Glitch Disables 150,0000 Gmail Accounts (mashable.com)
- Google: Bug Wipes Out 150,000 Gmail Accounts (blogs.forbes.com)
- Google wipes 150,000 Gmail accounts. WHY? (chatootsboots.wordpress.com)
- Gmail Eats 150,000 Accounts (searchenginejournal.com)
- GFail: Google ‘Very Sorry’ After The Cloud Eats 150,000 Gmail Accounts (wired.com)
An Egyptian father has proudly named his daughter “facebook”. According to Al-Ahram(one of the most popular newspapers in Egypt), he did so in tribute to the role the social media service played in organizing the protests in Tahrir Square and beyond.
Wael Ghonim, “We Are Khaled Said” Facebook page showed up within 5 days of Said’s death in June and served as a hub for dissidence against Egyptian police brutality and anti-government protests until Mubarak’s resignation. Other activist pages like “Tahrir Square” cropped up shortly afterward. There are five million Facebook users in Egypt, more so than any other country in the Middle East/North Africa region. Facebook itself has reported an increase in Egyptian users in the past month, with 32,000 Facebook groups and 14,000 pages created in the two weeks after January 25th .
Facebook has become the umbrella symbol for how social media can spread the message of freedom. There was a graffiti in Cairo that said “Thank you Facebook” as a protest sign and Wael Ghonim himself personally expressed his gratitude to Mark Zuckerberg on CNN.
- To Celebrate The #Jan25 Revolution, Egyptian Names His Firstborn “Facebook” (techcrunch.com)
- Egyptian Names Baby ‘Facebook’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Egyptian Baby Girl Named ‘Facebook’ After Revolution (allfacebook.com)
- Wael Ghonim: If You Want To Liberate A Government, Give Them The Internet (techcrunch.com)
- Egyptian man reportedly names daughter ‘Facebook’ in wake of revolution (inquisitr.com)
- Report: Egyptian dad names child ‘Facebook’ (cnn.com)
- “Egyptians Name Their Daughter â€œFacebookâ€” and related posts (uncoached.com)
- First Tunisia, Now Egypt, What’s Next? Wael Ghonim Says “Ask Facebook” (mediaite.com)
- Egyptian Man Names Daughter “Facebook” To Celebrate The Revolution (businessinsider.com)
- Subtitled Video of Wael Ghonim’s Emotional TV Interview (thelede.blogs.nytimes.com)