First it was Sony, then Sega, then Steam, and now Square-Enix. The Square-Enix Members site, which allows users to register special codes included with Square games for prizes a-la Club Nintendo, was taken down by hackers two days ago and Square-Enix announced today that they think the hackers might’ve also gotten away with some user info.
While Square is still investigating the matter, they say as many as 1.8 million users’ email addresses, passwords, and phone numbers may have been stolen. Thankfully, Square says they don’t save customer credit card numbers, so the thieves didn’t get away with those.
Square-Enix is just the latest in a series of high-profile security breaches. PSN was infamously taken down for several weeks earlier in the year, and more recently user’s of Valve’s Steam PC game distribution service had their information compromised. Unfortunately, I’ve used all 3 of the services in question, so I’m pretty sure my personal info is about as easy to find on the web as boobies. As always, the usual advice applies: change your passwords, monitor your credit info, and avoid saving your credit info to any of your online accounts.