Square Enix is currently reporting that their free Square Enix Members service has been compromised by parties unknown, and the length of the breach is unknown at this time. Square Enix recently suspended services starting on Monday December 12, at 10pm PST in response to this breach.
At this time, the only users to be effected by this breach are their North American and Japan members; European members have not been effected by this breach. I have verified that the site will not allow new members to sign up in the affected areas. Those with accounts currently receive this message:
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. 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.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS service. We take data security extremely seriously and we regret any inconvenience this may have caused our customers and fans. We appreciate your patience and support at this time.
Analysis: The good news is no credit card info is stored there, so members can be reassured that there is little potential for abuse of their info. I will advocate caution here, however: if you use the same password here for any of your other accounts, change them immediately.
This is just getting ridiculous with all these hacks lately. I understand things can get boring and you want shit to do, but disrupting people isn’t the best way to entertain yourselves. When I got bored, I blew up flour in my backyard with some PBC pipe and and a candle! There are other activities people can do that are less disruptive. The hackers ought to learn about them.