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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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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.

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