Details of 25,000 customers at risk; credit card details safe, says company
Japanese video game and publishing company Square Enix has become the latest victim of cyber attacks with hackers breaching into its security.
The second Japanese video game company to be hacked in less than two months, Square Enix is best known for its Final Fantasy, the Dragon Quest, Tomb Raider and Hit Man series.
The Tokyo-based company has admitted that hackers have breached the security of its websites, in which they could have accessed e-mail addresses of 25,000 customers and downloaded the CVs of 350 aspirants for jobs in its Canadian offices.
"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," the company said in a statement.
However, the company has said that credit card details were safe.
The company said, "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."
"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."
Last month, a massive cyber attack on Japanese electronics company Sony forced it to shut down its PlayStation Network. The breach is believed to have compromised the details of over 100 million users worldwide. The company has been accused of notifying its customers about the breach late.