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SOE Discovers 24.6 Million More Sony Accounts Compromised
SOE Discovers 24.6 Million More Sony Accounts Compromised
May 2, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi

May 2, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi
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The personal information from 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment accounts has been compromised in addition to those affected in the PlayStation Network cyber attacks, Sony and SOE have discovered.

According to a statement released by the EverQuest developer, this SOE-specific data breach was "discovered less than 24 hours ago," prompting the interruption of services early Monday morning.

Personal information from approximately 24.6 million SOE accounts "may have been stolen," which would include a customer's provided name, address, email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and (hashed) password.

Additionally, credit card information from an "outdated database" from 2007 "may" have been stolen, which contains the credit card numbers and expiration dates of approximately 12,700 non-U.S. credit cards, as well as about 10,700 direct debit records of customers from Austria, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

According to the company, there is "no evidence" that its main credit card database had been compromised.

The attack took place on April 16th and 17th, though it was not discovered until yesterday. A spokesman speaking to Reuters said that this was not "a second attack," and is directly related to the PSN breach.


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Aiden Eades
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This is probably a fairly old hack which they've just uncovered recently thanks to the indepth security checks. There've probably been even more hacks on other systems which have simply gone un-noticed over the years because the hackers weren't so blatently obvious in what they were doing.



This kinda hack is probably happened on numerous other online services and has gone unnoticed too.

Jerry Hall
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The situation is getting worst by the day. PSN is still down; 25,000,000 more accounts are discovered hacked. But Sony is learning to inform users faster. So that is a positive.

Eric McVinney
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"But Sony is learning to inform users faster. So that is a positive."



Yea, that's something that they should have done when that actually happened. We'll just have to wait and see what Sony says to Congress this Friday (or by then).

Jonathan Murphy
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I have an old Everquest 2 account. About 6 months old. So now I need to check my card (I'll cancel it soon). Sony... You have permanently lost me as a customer. Any products, services, monthly fees I ever use again will be strictly prepaid cards. It was bad enough you lost PSN, but you made it clear to everyone hackers could also stroll through SOE and anything else you stamped your name on.



I hope they find these hackers and lock them away for life. My data has probably been cycled to thousands of other underground sources. I doubt the hackers sat on this data. They probably distributed it globally to hide their trail.

SDF River
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I also have an old Everquest 2 account, but this one is probably around 5 - 6 years old. Not sure if I'm directly affected, but I'll be checking that old account as well.

Sure, Sony may be jacking up now, but there seems to be improvements to how they're handling the situation. Much faster response time to customers and it seems they're being a little more honest. I say, this can only make Sony stronger in time. They'll come out of this alright, I think. Come on guys! Sony has been around for a long time, with great products (arguably). Chances are, someone in this massive company has to know what they're doing or step up to take care of this.

William DiSanto
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Because I needed another reason to leave the final fantasy online series. Thnx Sony!

Sean Danielson
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This is a statement that is just dripping with ignorance.



Sony does not develop nor administer the Final Fantasy online titles. Square Enix does.



FFXI and XIV both are available on the PC and do not use the Playstation Network.



Get a clue, please.

Christopher Enderle
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Perhaps he's trying to highlight the fact he feels his information is no more safe with Square than people's information was with Sony. I mean, would you really expect Square to have better security than Sony?

Mark Harris
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While I'm glad Sony alerted users immediately of this additional breach, I'm just plain sad that it took two weeks for them to realize they had been hacked so broadly.

Fiore Iantosca
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It's because many companies today just do NOT take security seriously. They don't want to PAY the money to implement a proper security protocol that other companies do. Sony's ignorance, AGAIN, shows.

Christopher Enderle
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Until the cost of damages outweigh the cost of prevention it will always be this way. To shift the balance will either take all customers leaving their entire legacy with Sony products en masse or new laws.

Lyon Medina
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I wish I could be more vivid with how I feel with identity theft as it has happened to me, but I can only hope for the best for people who have been affected by it. I only hope that they don't get any kind of trauma from this or that it doesn't harm their finances in any way and that the people responsible are caught and brought to justice with the full extent of the law brought upon them.

Marcus Miller
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This is all just media hype. They are trying to make a story out of nothing. Consumers have nothing to worry about. Go on. Go back to playing your Grand Turismo, Final Fantasy, God of War, and Killzone. And sleep well tonight my friends.

Mark Harris
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See Lyon's post above. For a vast majority of PSN users you are right, but for the unfortunate few who are effected it can mean a huge amount of work.



I don't think you're being intentionally antagonistic, but it's insensitive and naive to act like this isn't a serious situation that could have incredibly negative consequences for some of your fellow gamers.


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