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Hackers Attack Konami's Site, User Passwords May Be Compromised

by Matt Helgeson on Jul 12, 2013 at 01:32 PM

Hackers just can't seem to leave the game industry alone. Today, it's Konami that's a victim of a cyber-attack. If you have an account for Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer, you need to read this.

Konami's ID Portal site, which services its popular sports game Pro Evolution Soccer, experienced over 35,000 unauthorized logins, and over 4 million attempted logins.

In an official statement, which you can read here, Konami said that some customers' name, address, date of birth, email, and telephone information may have been compromised. Konami says it is contacting those effected. In the meantime, it is encouraging all its users to change their passwords. You can change your password here.

Konami has taken steps to ensure that all accounts that were breached cannot be further accessed by hackers.

[Source: Eurogamer via Polygon]

Our Take:
Like layoffs in the game industry, cyber-attacks on gamers privacy and information is a story that we have to report on all too often these days. Sadly, even as steps to improve online security improve, so will the skills of the hackers. It's merely a fact of life these days. One thing you can to do ensure your online security to to follow the recommended guidelines for passwords. Some of the most common steps to take are making sure that your password is at least eight characters, using capital and lowercase letters, using at least one number, using at least one special character (like "@", for example), and at least one punctuation mark. The hackers might still go after your information, but you don't have to make it easy for them.