Things are getting worse by the day for Sony and its legion of frustrated gamers as it’s now been revealed that not only was the Playstation Network’s security compromised by hackers, but also the Sony Online Entertainment PC-based gaming network was open to data theft before the PSN was taken down for “maintenance” on April 20th.
Sony knew about the SOE breach but kept the details to themselves, much like they did with the PSN news, believing no personal data would have been within the grasp of techno-terrorists. Once again they were very wrong and now an additional 24.6-million join over 100-million other Sony online customers whose credit card, address and ID details have been exposed and possibly stolen.
Official word from Sony today states: “We had previously believed that SOE customer data had not been obtained in the cyber-attacks on the company, but on 1 May we concluded that SOE account information may have been stolen and we are notifying you as soon as possible”
With the service now down, Sony has issued a press release eerily reminiscent of that which appeared a week ago when the truth behind the sudden absence of the Playstation Network rocking the gaming community and halting online play for two bank holiday weekends in the UK.
The release repeats information delivered to PSN users by advising they check bank statements for unusual activity and change passwords as soon as the Sony Online Entertainment service resumes – However, no guess as to when this will be.
The official press release from Sony with information on how this might affect you and what you can do as a Sony online customer can be read in full HERE.
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