Square Enix admits to Deus Ex web site hacks

Publisher Square Enix has officially admitted that the web site for the upcoming action-RPG Deus Ex Human Revolution, along with other web sites it operates, was the subject of a cyber attack earlier this week. However the official statement claims that that attack was not quite as bad as the initial reports have stated.

Square Enix has admitted that some resumes on a web server were exposed as a result of the cyber attack that occurred on Wednesday. The web site KrebsOnSecurity.com claimed on Thursday that 9,000 resumes were taken during the hack attempt. However the official word from Square Enix is that the number is much lower, "up to 350 of these resumes." The statement said, ".... 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."

KrebsonSecurity.com also reported on Thursday that personal info from 80,000 people were also taken due to the cyber attack. Once again, Square Enix's official statement differs from that report. It states that ".... 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."

Even though their server security methods apparently didn't work in this case, Square Enix still said, "We take the security of our websites extremely seriously and employ strict measures, which we test regularly, to guard against this sort of incident."

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I know Ryan and apparently he use to be a part of anonymous then broke away from them and got power hungry and took over their IRC network. (ddosing.eu). So to me personally is no surprise this attack on Eidos was planned and methodically executed

The way the title is worded, I thought they admitted to 'hacking' the site themselves, to promote the game, which would actually be clever marketing considering the amount of press they're receiving, and the fact that the game supposedly has some hacking in it.

giantpotato said,
The way the title is worded, I thought they admitted to 'hacking' the site themselves, to promote the game, which would actually be clever marketing considering the amount of press they're receiving, and the fact that the game supposedly has some hacking in it.

Not supposedly. Hacking is one of the main themes in the desu ex universe.

giantpotato said,
The way the title is worded, I thought they admitted to 'hacking' the site themselves, to promote the game, which would actually be clever marketing considering the amount of press they're receiving, and the fact that the game supposedly has some hacking in it.

Not supposedly. Hacking is one of the main themes in the desu ex universe.

virtorio said,
When I first read the headline the first thing I thought was that it was some kind of publicity stunt.

Yeah to delay the release of Deus Ex

s3n4te said,
wtf is a resume?

re·sume/riˈzo͞om/Verb
1. Begin to do or pursue (something) again after a pause or interruption.
2. Begin to be done, pursued, or used again

DrunkenBeard said,
a CV.

what does CV stand for? and i always thought 'resume' was a bad name for basically an information sheet on yourself to use at a job interview...

s3n4te said,
wtf is a resume?

A résumé (pronounced rez-ew-may sometimes spelled resumé or resume) is a document used by individuals to present their background and skillsets

necrosis said,
Never heard of a "CV" but resume, yeah I know what that is.

I am going to resume my regularly scheduled broadcasting. I hate when they don't spell résumé right.

Well over here in North America (or Canada at least) a resume is used for applying to jobs, and a CV is used for academic positions, grants and scholarships. Typically a resume with all academic achievements such as funding, conferences, presentations, etc. Not sure what the distinction would be in Europe.