The spring and summer totally defeated our sense of security on the internet. Nearly every week, a new game company was hacked, constantly beckoning us to change our passwords. Now that we're secured in our underground bunkers, we thought we were safe. We were wrong.
Square Enix joins the growing list of companies affected by cyber-crime. The Final Fantasy and Deus Ex publisher believes that "unknown parties" have gained "unauthorized access" to information from its Square Enix Members site.
"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," a statement on the Square Enix Members site says. "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."
Even if you've played a Square Enix game recently, your personal information may not be affected. Square Enix Members was an optional loyalty program that awarded points and gifts to members that registered products via inserts included in retail copies of Square Enix games. The Members service would store your name, address, username, and password. While Square Enix has yet to confirm exactly what has been compromised, it's a good idea to change any passwords for sites that used the same log-in information.