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BioWare, Sega User Data Exposed By Hackers

BioWare and Sega have become the latest targets to be hit by the increasingly common server breaches that have revealed private user information stored by numerous game companies.
BioWare and Sega have become the latest targets to be hit by the increasingly common server breaches that have revealed private user information stored by numerous game companies. BioWare warned 18,000 users of its Neverwinter Nights forums earlier this week that information such as user account names and passwords, email addresses, and birth dates may have been obtained as part of "a highly sophisticated and unlawful cyber attack." Sega, meanwhile, e-mailed users of its Sega Pass that an unnamed party gained unauthorized access to the database and obtained some members' email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords. The company has shut down the system in the meantime. Both breaches represent only a percentage of the total information on the servers, the companies said, and did not reveal any sensitive financial or social security information. LulzSec, the hacker collective that has claimed responsibility for recent cyber attacks against Eve Online, Minecraft and Bethesda Softworks, has yet to take credit for either attack. In fact, the group tweeted to Sega that it "want[s] to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you," citing love for the Dreamcast as motivation. Companies including Eidos, Codemasters and Nintendo have also been hacked in recent weeks following the highly publicized attack that brought down Sony's PSN network in late April.

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