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SOE user data breached - online gaming services suspended...
In yet a further blow to Sony’s online security record, it has emerged that 24.6 million user accounts linked to Sony Online Entertainment games may have been compromised.
“Our ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment systems has discovered that hackers may have obtained personal customer information from SOE systems,” Sony said in a statement on the SOE website yesterday.
“Stolen information includes, to the extent you provided it to us, the following: name, address (city, state, zip, country), email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password.”
Sony also revealed that some “outdated” credit card information may have been stolen, but claims that there is “no evidence” that its main SOE credit card database was breached.
“Information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained.”
SOE’s operations were recently downsized by Sony. The division is responsible for a number of online titles, including EverQuest II, DC Universe Online, and FreeRealms. In response to the freshly discovered intrusion, Sony has turned off all SOE game services and “engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened.”
Including the data stolen from breached PSN accounts, the total number of Sony user accounts compromised in recent cyber attacks now exceeds 100 million. Sony plans to offer PSN users free content and a 30 day membership to its premium PlayStation Plus service as a “welcome back” gesture when services resume. Online game-play is expected to be available soon, with Sony stating on the official PlayStation Blog that it will begin reinstating PSN services this week. The PlayStation store isn’t expected back up until later in the month however.
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