Sony hacked again, 24.6 mln users' data at risk

16:33, May 03, 2011      

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Sony Corp's Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai bows his head at a news conference to apologise for a massive security breach of its PlayStation Network in Tokyo May 1, 2011. Hirai, the frontrunner to take over the top job at Sony Corp , apologised on Sunday for a security breach that allowed hackers to gain access to personal information on 77 million accounts for its PlayStation Network service. (Xinhua/Reuters)

Hackers may have stolen personal information of 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment users, the company disclosed Monday afternoon.

The compromised accounts were in addition to the recent leak of over 70 million accounts from Sony's PlayStation Network, an online game and entertainment service for its PlayStation 3 console.

The Japanese electronics company said the break-in also led to the theft of 10,700 direct debit records from customers in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain and 12,700 non-U.S. credit or debit card numbers.

The Sony Online Entertainment network, used for massively multiplayer online games like EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies and Matrix Online, has been suspended temporarily, Sony said Monday.

The entertainment network is separate from the PlayStation Network, but both hacks have similar traits, said Mai Hora, a spokeswoman for Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo.

In both cases, the stolen data includes customer names, e-mail addresses and hashed versions of their account passwords. That data could be used to spam customers or trick them with phishing e-mails.

Sony is working with the FBI to track down the intruder and its forensic detectives are continuing to investigate the extent of the break-in.

Source: Xinhua
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