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Hackers attack Eidos and Deus Ex websites
Posted on May 14, 2011 by MikeV

The hacker attacks just keep coming. This past week Eidos fell victim to an attack of their websites, eidos.com, eidosmonteral.com, two of its product sites and the website for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Each of the sites was defaced with the following image:

 

 

and information of an estimated 80,000 users, 350 job applications and 25,000 email addresses have been stolen by the hackers and leaked online. As soon as the breaches were discovered, Square Enix was quick to inform and reassure customers that none of the data stolen was linked to credit cards as stated in the following press release:

"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."

There is speculation that a splinter cell of the hackervism group, Anonymous, was responsible and has taken claim for the theft and defacement of Eidos’ websites. In response to this members of the group release the information of the one who was responsible for the attacks.

As to why the splinter cell attacked Eidos and their websites, there has been no reason given as to why these websites were attack. Maybe it was to foster more anger from the average Joes towards Anonymous, the splinter group wanted to show Eidos a thing or two, or maybe it’s just some kids bored and just wanted to show their buddies that they can hack a site.

One question is on everyone’s minds: why Eidos? Out of all the game companies out there, some way bigger, they picked Eidos. Why? Were they mad that they made Kane & Lynch: Dog Days? Or were they none too happy about the Tomb Raider reboot?

Eidos and Deus Ex websites hacked, resumes and site registration emails obtained [update] Anonymous Splinter Group Implicated in Game Company Hack

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