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Over 24 million SOE accounts were accessed by hackers according to Sony.
"Look what you did, you little jerk!"

It was revealed last week that Sony's PlayStation Network database was breached, leaving 77 million accounts exposed. Sony is just revealing today that hackers accessed an additional 24.6 million customer accounts. In addition, 12,700 "non-U.S." credit cards and 10,700 bank account numbers have been compromised. 

If there is any consolation (however little it may be), Sony notes that credit card security codes were not obtained.

This additional attack was carried out on Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and occurred between April 16 and April 17 -- SOE is responsible for massively multiplayer online (MMO) games like DC Universe Online, Everquest, and Star Wars Galaxies.

Sony notes that:

With the current outage of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services and the ongoing investigation into the recent attacks, SOE had also undertaken an intensive investigation into its system. Upon discovery of this additional information, the company promptly shut down all servers related to SOE services while continuing to review and upgrade all of its online security systems in the face of these unprecedented cyber-attacks. 

Sony goes on to stay that SOE account information retrieved by hackers includes: name, address, e-mail address, birthdate, gender, phone number, login name, and hashed password. In addition, the 10,700 "direct debit records" (accounts based in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain) include the customer's bank account number, name, account name, and physical address.

To make good on this latest security blunder, Sony will be giving customers 30 additional days of subscription service for free. However, time will only tell how many customers will be willing to stick around and give Sony a second or third chance to get things right when it comes to protecting customer data.



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There's only one logical response to this:
By lainofthewired on 5/3/2011 12:09:46 AM , Rating: 5
*facepalm*




RE: There's only one logical response to this:
By Zadoc on 5/3/2011 1:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
Are you surprised that Sony had to close its online gaming unit?

Poll: http://www.wepolls.com/r/92308/Are-you-surprised-t...

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RE: There's only one logical response to this:
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2011 11:16:01 AM , Rating: 2
Buddy of mine just sent me this:

man i still can't:
1) Play my new socom game, which is online multiplayer shooter
2) Link my PSN accout to my steam account and get my free PC version of portal 2. That's the whole reason I bought the ps3 portal 2 over xbox


RE: There's only one logical response to this:
By heffeque on 5/3/2011 12:50:20 PM , Rating: 5
I just heard Sony was going to change their name for Sorry.


RE: There's only one logical response to this:
By kattanna on 5/3/2011 3:44:43 PM , Rating: 2
they will only be sorry when people start voting with their wallet away from sony.

but since that is highly unlikely and a month or so from now all but forgotten about, things will not change


By Lazarus Dark on 5/3/2011 9:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
I want to argue, I really, really do. But I can't. You are almost certainly right I am very, very sorry to say. As soon as they get the games running again, the players will be too busy playing to care anymore. Sure, there will be a few defectors after this, just as I and many others defected after the rootkit BS. But most really don't seem to care that they get screwed over and over again. I think the only hope of Sony learning anything is from lawsuits at this point. But then, the rootkit lawsuits didn't do a thing...


By FastEddieLB on 5/3/2011 6:50:17 PM , Rating: 2
I find it funny that the most complaints I'm seeing are "B'AWWWW I CAN'T PLAY <insert FPS here> NOW" because I've always played FPS games (Portal included) on Windows strictly because of the Mouse interface for aiming. Controllers suck for that, and yet people keep buying shooters on consoles. It amazes me.

My big complaint? I can't play Marvel vs Capcom or Rock Band with any of my out-of-state friends because of this, but I find ways to occupy my time regardless.


Does anyone find it amusing...
By Motoman on 5/3/2011 10:04:28 AM , Rating: 5
...that the company that was so worried about *their* property getting stolen that they chose to infect millions of PCs worldwide with a rootkit...

...but then they can't seem to be bothered to protect the property of their customers with any such vigor?

Or actually, maybe they are. Since DRM has a 100% failure rate, it seems that Sony might think that's the benchmark to meet for all security measures...




By MrBlastman on 5/3/2011 11:35:09 AM , Rating: 3
Their seething corpse should rot in the bowels of the internet.

The blatant levels of disregard for common security practices by their IT staff is disgusting. Their abuse of of the common man through their draconian DRM policies borders of being illegal.

There is only one solution for Sony's digital media and online systems--take them straight to the gallows so they might face their sorrows in public... and attone for them in an act of finality.


By tastyratz on 5/3/2011 12:41:22 PM , Rating: 4
But you get 30 free days of a service they charge ~$4 for. Clearly they are trying to make up for their lack of security


SONY needs to pay dearly for this
By GatoRat on 5/3/2011 2:18:47 PM , Rating: 4
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, et al. should sue SONY into an inch of their existance (and probably will.) A message needs to go out loud and clear to companies that security shouldn't just be an afterthought and when something bad happens, you need to come clean ASAP.

SONY has already lost my business. Was considering a PS3 as a blu-ray/netflix playr. I've changed my mind and will never buy SONY again.




By trisct on 5/3/2011 4:45:39 PM , Rating: 3
That's too bad - the PS3 is still probably the finest digital media player you can stuff in a cabinet. Sony makes fantastic hardware, its just too bad they don't do software as well.

I have a PS3 that has never played a game (for more than 15 minutes, cause I suck with joypad controllers), but it is totally worth the money as a media player. It will play anything you stick in that little BD-Rom slot (except for HD-DVD of course), and can decode almost any format as well.
Just NEVER, EVER login to PSN, and for God's sake don't give them your credit card number.


Sony couldnt care less
By Shadowmaster625 on 5/3/2011 10:02:22 AM , Rating: 4
All sony cares about is shoving the next blu-ray down/up people's orifi, and using naive gamers to subsidize that act of obscene fisting.




Not with Sony
By mosu on 5/3/2011 5:28:28 AM , Rating: 3
I think they have learned their lesson.More Engineers, less lawyers, better games and smaller advertising campaigns.




Plus verbal facepalms
By Woobagong on 5/3/2011 2:42:07 AM , Rating: 2
C'mon Amy, it's time for a sony rap!




Only thing I'm hoping
By FITCamaro on 5/3/2011 12:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
Is that the one thing I bought from PSN didn't involve saving my credit card info in the system. Or if it did that the card is already out of date and no longer valid(highly likely since its been about 2 years).

As far as SOE, its been years since I played an SOE game so I doubt my account exists anymore. If it does, whatever info they got is horribly out of date (obviously not name and bday).




REALLY?
By Dwebtron on 5/3/11, Rating: -1
RE: REALLY?
By Dr of crap on 5/3/2011 10:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
This is how any reporting of any kind is done now.
Isn't it grand??!!

I just love it when they report that something jumped, and it's like a 2 cent increase, or the "index" plummited, and it dropped 10 points.

It's the same with the weather. I believe the weathermen are told in school to ALWAYS make the storms seem so over the top that this is the worst weather in history, and always paint a picture of great weather 5 days in advance and then as you move closer to that day it gets not so nice and not so warm.

This is the great media that we have now!


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