Sony Data Breach Wider than Originally Thought
May 5, 2011
May 5, 2011
More information about the data breach at Sony has emerged this week with the recognition that another gaming system was also hacked.
The Tokyo-based company announced that the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) was also breached, compromising users: names, addresses, email addresses, birth dates, gender, phone numbers, login and hashed passwords.
In total, more than 100 million user accounts have been compromised through the April breach of the PlayStation Network, Qriocity streaming service, and SOE systems.
Sony announced that it had contacted about 10 million PlayStation Network users notifying them that their credit card information had been compromised.
The company is reportedly considering reimbursing financials for the cost of reissuing cards. No additional details could be found however. Analysts note that Sony has added incentive to take such steps because of its high profile and reputation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been asked to conduct a criminal investigation into the breach, and Congress members are also making their concerns known about the speed in which Sony announced the hack.
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