Sony Online Entertainment hacked, 12,700 credit cards stolen

If you thought all hackers grabbed when they infiltrated Sony's PlayStation Network was personal info, think again.

Not quite out of the frying pan, but into the fire anyway: Sony just acknowledged another network breach related to the first one.

Wait, there's a second one? You bet! And this one involved Sony Online Entertainment, the company's online gaming division responsible for stuff like Everquest and DC Universe Online. Put it this way: SOE is officially dead in the water, as of 1:30am PT, Monday, May 2nd. This, after the company spent yesterday apologizing for the whole debacle.

It wasn't a second attack, so much as a second breach that occurred during the original attack between April 17th and 19th, when it's thought data thieves pilfered unencrypted personal info (but not credit card numbers) from upwards of 77 million members.

Ready for disaster number two? According to Japan's Nikkei news service, the second breach involved the theft of 12,700 credit card numbers.

Sony hasn't confirmed that yet, and in fact all they've issued is another laconic web note, writing to their "Dear Valued SOE Customers":

We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday).

We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience.

Could it get any worse for Sony? Sure, say those cards start showing up en masse in identify theft or usage fraud alerts. Let's hope they don't. Heck, let's hope Nikkei's wrong for that matter. I'm as tired of writing about this as Sony is deflecting questions and posting dry, unflattering PlayStation blog updates.

Fingers crossed we get better answers soon, and that they don't involve nearly 13,000 customer credit card numbers loose in the wild.

(via Reuters)

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags hackersplaystationsecuritygamingdata breachgamessonygame consoles

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Peckham

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?