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Sony: 25 million more accounts hacked, but we're really sorry

Consumer Reports News: May 03, 2011 03:23 PM

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Sony has admitted that an additional 25 million user accounts have been breached by hackers, and that these--belonging to users of the Sony Online Entertainment network-- were actually attacked before the 77 million accounts on Sony's PlayStation Network. Services on the network include the multiplayer game Everquest. And data stolen from the accounts includes at least 12,000 credit-card numbers for non-U.S. customers.

According to Sony, information including user-names, postal and e-mail addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers was stolen on April 18th, and additional information might be vulnerable. Company spokesperson Sue Tanaka wouldn't specify what other information was at risk, stating: "They are hackers. We don't know where they're going to attack next."

Earlier this week, Sony attempted to limit criticism for its handling of the PlayStation Network security breach, with PlayStation chief Kazuo Hirai announcing: "We deeply apologize for the inconvenience we have caused." But Sony has been criticized for its slow response to the PlayStation Network attack, and the additional incident--which the company said it learned of only on Monday--will likely result in further scrutiny of the company's practices.

“We're disappointed that Sony has been so slow to share information with its customers,"
said Jeff Fox, Consumer Reports Technology Editor. "We recommend that anyone who uses one of these services change all of their usernames and passwords, and be on the lookout for any signs of identity theft."

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