[Updated] Deus Ex website hacked, anonymous splinter group implicated

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With the upcoming Deus Ex:Human Revolution’s focus on hacking, I’d have thought that reports of its site being hacked would be, like its Sarif industries commercials, a delightful PR stunt. Imagine my surprise to discover that no, it was a genuine hack – and its perpetrators could be none other than the splinter group within Anonymous, one of the likely suspects behind the PSN’s outage.

Security firm KrebsOnSecurity says that a large quantity of personal data has been stolen, including personal information from over 80,000 registered users of Deus Ex’s website and 9000 resumes. There’s even talk of the “src” being leaked, although that’s likely a reference to the website’s source and not that of the game itself. Hackers within one of the splintered factions of the blanket of hacktivist group Anonymous have apparently claimed responsibility, but it’s entirely possible it’s the deft work of another set of individuals, as way of further igniting the civil war within the incohesive group.

Personally, I’m tired of all this hacking nonsense; I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with Anonymous, the PSN downtime  and the childish muscle flexing that’s now taking place. What purpose does this particular hack serve? Is it for consumer freedom? Animal rights? World peace? Nope, just douchebaggery/

You can read more details on the hack and its alleged masterminds on KrebsOnSecurity.

[Update]

The company has released a statement regarding the hack and the information stolen :

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 does not hold any credit card information or code data, however there are resumes which are submitted to the website by people interested in jobs at the studio. Regrettably up to 350 of these resumes may have been accessed, and we are in the process of writing to each of the individuals who may have been affected to offer our sincere apologies for this situation.

In addition, we have also discovered that up to 25,000 email addresses were obtained as a result of this breach. These email addresses are not linked to any additional personal information. They were site registration email addresses provided to us for users to receive product information updates. No dissemination or misappropriation of any other personal information has been identified at this point.

We take the security of our websites extremely seriously and employ strict measures, which we test regularly, to guard against this sort of incident.

[Update ends]

 

Source : NeoGAF

Last Updated: May 13, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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