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Sega Downs Forums After Details Of 1.3 Million Users Stolen

Japanese game developer Sega confirmed to its Sega Pass users in an email sent on Friday that it has been hacked; details of around 1.29 million customers - including email, date of birth and more - are feared to have been stolen during the virtual raid.

It read: "Over the last 24 hours we have identified that unauthorised entry was gained to our Sega Pass database. We immediately took the appropriate action to protect our consumers' data and isolate the location of the breach. We have launched an investigation into the extent of the breach of our public systems."

A spokesperson for Sega told the BBC (opens in new tab) that the company was sorry for causing trouble to its customers, saying that they want to work on strengthening security, before adding that payment details like credit card and security numbers had not been compromised.

Sega has already taken down its Sega Pass service saying that it is going through some improvements and will be unavailable for new customers; existing customers will be asked to modify their details including their passwords.

The company's forums have also been taken down at the time of writing; Sega said that "essential maintenance was being carried out" and that they expect it to be available very soon.

As for the perpetrators of the crime, Lulzsec, the hacker group behind recent attacks on gaming websites such as Sony and Nintendo, said that they were not involved in this one, writing on their Twitter account "@Sega - contact us. We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down".

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.