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Sony Online Entertainment’s Data Breached (Updated)

Radford C. May 2, 2011 1

First PSN. Now this. Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is now the next victim keeping the hackers streak at the corporate conglomerate at 2 for 2, according to Nikkei.com. The breach resulted in the release of 12,700 credit cards and presumably some other information as well. Out of the 12,000+ breached, 4,300 of those that are credit card numbers are said to be Japanese. However, there is still no word on whether any of the accounts are  American. On the lighter side, SOE currently does not carry the burden of it’s PSN brother considering that most cards that were kept breached at SOE  were said to have expired in 2007. This leaves us pondering on whether it was wise of Sony to keep these expired cards or not simply not alerting the credit card owners to update the account information. In any case, SOE’s online services were taken offline earlier today and, well, now we know why. We’re presently expecting further information from the company but, until then, feel free to continue cowering in the corner and quietly sobbing onto your compromised credit cards.

[Update: SOE has posted a security update to The Station.com“We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyber-attack. 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gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password.”The notice further suggests that “information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and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” but that the “main credit card database” was not compromised in the attack. It appears this is part of the larger PSN attacks and not a separate security breach.]

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