Game outfit Square Enix hacked

Hackers have manage to penetrate three sites operated by Japanese games outfit Square Enix.

The e-bandits made off with the email addresses of up to 25,000 customers, the company confessed. The CVs of some 350 hopeful applicants seeking jobs in its Square Enix's Canadian office may also have been exposed.

Square Enix, which makes such mega-titles as Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, said in a statement: "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 and Deusex.com,were daubed withe the the message "Owned by Chippy1337". Other hackers getting a nod Xero, XiX and Venuism, but there is some evidence that these were a red herring.

A log of the chat appeared, funnily enough on the Playstation Ubiverse Forum, but that now seems to have been disappeared.

One IRC chat read: "We put it in the name of chippy1337 and write the names ryan, dfs, xero, nikon, xix, venuism and evilhom3r. lol.".