Sony has admitted that another 25 million users of its Sony Online Entertainment service have had their personal details stolen. The news comes barely 2 weeks after the organisation announced that details of around 77 million PlayStation network users may have been stolen bringing the total number of affected users to over 100 million. According to the electronics giant, the names, emails, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and other personal information belonging to its SOE customers were stolen from its servers and an outdated database.
About 23,400 financial records from the 2007 database include those of users outside the United States as well as bank details of 10,700 customers in Austria, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Sony Online Entertainment or SOE enables users to play multi-player games such as, Star Wars Galaxies, DC Universe and Everquest with friends or strangers on the Internet. The organisation is now facing mounting critism over how it could have allowed such an unfortunate event to take place with company shares already fallen by 4 percent.
The SOE breach is believed to have occurred on April 16 and 17, which is earlier than that of the PlayStation Network which occurred between April 17 and 19 although a company spokesperson said ‘there was no evidence that the information taken was used illicitly for financial gain.’
Users have been advised to take extra precaution by monitoring their card statements and changing their user-name and/or password to prevent against possible financial loss and identity theft.
Should Sony compensate users for the security breach? If yes, how would you like to be compensated?
May 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm
This is so not right! Compensation can be more than what they expect… there can be so many consequences that might happen when your identity is stolen aside from financial loss.
May 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Sony’s reputation is going from bad to worse. Can they actually get back on track after all of this? I’m not sure if i would trust them again.
May 6, 2011 at 4:28 am
This is huge! Sony is going to get hit hard because of this and I’m really happy I do not own a PS3.
May 12, 2011 at 6:39 am
Wow, 100 million people have personal details stolen. I think this is the biggest security breach in history. This would definitely damage the reputation of Sony.
May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Sooner or later we would have to admit that there is no privacy at all and it doesn’t matter if you are even so big as sony is, you can guarantee nothing. But it is fun to live in a world where there is no place to hide.
June 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm
I wander who is behind of the hacker group LulzSec as it looks now as it is a planned attack on Sony by a competing company, you know, to clean up the market a little bit.
June 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm
I love the latest PSP they call it PSvita the successor of the PSP console maybe this one doesn’t have any major security breach…
July 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm
This is why you buy an Xbox 360!
Sorry Sony, you lost my trust!
But then…yet again…this is why you don’t put CREDIT CARD information on the internet with no regard for personal safety.