These days, you’re nobody if you haven’t had your data accessed by unauthorised persons. Obviously, the PSN hack set trends because since then we’ve had loads of companies admitting to breaches and Microsoft, who still claim that the ongoing Live/FIFA issue is phishing.
The latest company to admit to a breach in their online security is Square Enix, whose community portal – Square Enix Members – has apparently been virtually prodded with a hacker’s stick.
There’s probably no need to worry though. Square says one server shows signs of being disturbed and there is no chance of credit card information being accessed because it was on a different server. There is a possibility that “some personal information” got accessed but we assume that’s just names.
The company has suspended the service for the meantime, posting this statement in its place:
We have reason to believe that unknown parties may have gained unauthorized access to a particular Square Enix server related to the free SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS service offered in North America and Japan. In response, Square Enix, Inc. has temporarily suspended operation of the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS service starting at 10PM (PST) on December 12, 2011.
We are assessing the full extent of this potential breach to determine what data, if any, was compromised and will provide more details as soon as possible. While some personal information may have been accessed, we can confirm that there is no possibility of any credit card information leak from this incident, since the server in question stores no credit card information. We estimate that the suspension will continue for a few days until we complete our investigation and counter-measures. We will update you as we learn more.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS service. We take data security extremely seriously and we regret any inconvenience this may have caused our customers and fans. We appreciate your patience and support at this time.
As always, we recommend different passwords for every site you sign up to online, never handing that information out to others and keeping your credit card and private information as you would offline – that is, not leaving it lying around.