Sega Alerts Users to Hacking

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Sega claimed a warning to users on Friday that personal information may be at danger after being infiltrated, joining the growing numbers of high profile hacking targets.

In a span of just a few weeks, several multinational companies and even government agencies have fell victim to cyber crime.

Joining those ranks, Sega said that it has launch an investigation and took steps to secure data.

“Over the last 24 hours we have identified that unauthorized entry was obtained to our Sega Pass database,” the company said.

“We immediately took the appropriate action to protect our consumers’ data and separate the location of the infringement. We have unveiled an investigation into the extent of the breach of our public systems.”

Passwords were encrypted and no financial data was accessed, it said.

Several other companies have fallen victim lately as well.

On Wednesday the public website of the CIA went down, with the hacker group Lulz Security announcing it had released the attack.

Although the group fashions itself more as pranksters and activists than people with sinister intent, its members have been charged with breaking the law and are wanted by the FBI and various other law enforcement organizations.

Lulz broke into a Senate website over the past weekend and released data stolen from the legislative body’s computer servers.

In May, the group posted a fake story on the PBS website proclaiming that rapper Tupac Shakur was still alive and living in New Zealand.

The group denied any involvement in the Sega case, however, asking Sega to instead contact them to help “destroy the hackers that attacked you.”

But it does mark an uptick in crime over the internet

The last high-profile victim was the International Monetary Fund earlier this week, who’s computer network was breached with what was considered to be a government backed effort.

Just last week banking giant Citibank confirmed that credit card data of about 200,000 of its North American shoppers have been hacked. The event marked the most significant attack on a bank in the US to date.

The week before US military contractor Lockheed Martin was compromised as hackers used Lockheed’s own “secure id” technology to access its networks.

Google has accused Chinese hackers of targeting the Gmail accounts of U.S. government officials.

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