In mid-November, information about a hack into Capcom's servers spread across the web, which resulted in a leak of not only publisher's new projects, but also user data. Unfortunately, we did not have to wait long for another report of this type. Koei Tecmo was forced to temporarily block the official website of its European branch due to the theft of data of nearly 65 thousand accounts from the servers. The information was provided in a press release (via Famitsu).
The press release said that information such as account names, encrypted passwords, and e-mail addresses of people registered on Koei Tecmo's European forum have probably started to leak since December 25. So far, the investigation has not revealed user credit card data or information on the company's employees to have leaked. However, for the duration of the investigation, the company not only blocked access to the western version of the website but also cut off the Koei Tecmo Europe's servers from the publisher's internal network.
So far, the cyber-attack on Koei Tecmo seems less serious than what happened with Capcom's servers. However, people registered on the European website should change their passwords to these accounts as soon as possible. Let's hope that the investigation will eventually confirm that nothing more than data related to the forum has leaked.