PSN Hack Affected PC Users As Well

Sony revealed today that the famous security breach which forced it to take the PSN and Qriocity services offline was more extensive than originally thought, and that hackers have managed to gain access to databases containing subscriber information for Sony Online Entertainment.

Sony Online Entertainment serves 2406 million PC users who play some popular games such as "EverQuest," "DC Universe Online" and "Free Realms."

Sony Online Entertainment infrastructure is separate from that of the PlayStation Network, but "there's a degree of architecture that overlaps" according to Michele Sturdivant, a spokeswoman for Sony Online Entertainment.

For most SOE users, Hackers managed to steal their personal info only (including: users' names, home addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, login names, encrypted passwords, birth dates and genders) and not their financial info or answers to security questions.

However, hackers managed to breach a database that was retired in 2007, but still contained records for an unlucky 12,700 SOE users. The data stored in the retired database included credit and debit-card numbers and expiration dates, but not security codes, for non-United States residents, as well as direct-debit banking records for some customers in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

As an apology for the security lapse and for the ongoing outage, Sony will give all PSN users a 30-day voucher for the PlayStation Plus service which allows them to download free and exclusive games. Similarly, Sony Online Entertainment will receive 30 days subscription for free along with additional play time for each day the service is down.

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IF YOU MESS WITH THE BULL YOU GET THE HACKERS

IF YOU MESS WITH THE BULL YOU WILL GET THE HORNS , DID YOU REMEMBER WHEN SONY SHOW THE GUY WHO HACK THE PS3 AND START TALK TRASH ABOUT HACKERS? IM NOT WITH HACKING , BUT THE HACKING COMMUNITY IS VERY BIG. SO THAT WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU UNDER ESTIMATE SOME ONE. I THINK YOU WILL LEARN OF THIS SONY. JUST SHUT YOU BIG MOUTH.

In that case you shouldn't

In that case you shouldn't trust anyone or anything, you think your information can be safe anywhere else? hackers WILL steal your information no matter where it is. If you really want to protect your info against hackers start by closing every online account you have, close you bank accounts, etc. Nobody's info is safe.. NOBODY.

hmm

I think he means xbox>ps3 just a thought. And I'm sooooo glad I didn't buy a ps3. Not that it sucks, but because of this incident, I made the right choice.

Hackers

I don't know shit about hacking. I just think that if hackers wanna hack then it should be untraceable. They were definitely sloppy.

No...

Whoever did it is no Mitnick of course, but this is one of the better hacking jobs I've seen in quite some time, as far as hacking a corporation is concerned anyway. It's funny how the powers-that-be think they're still in control of the world. The technocracy is getting closer and closer, kids.

hmm it's not about being

hmm it's not about being traced server side and what was accessed but more about if they get tracked down to their house and have their name out..

So far they have done a great job at that. If they were sloppy then they would be in jail for life.

On the plus side

If that database stored information on cards from 2007 and previous... Credit cards have a 2 year expiration. So noone should really be affected from that part of the hack.

Not really

Some credit cards last longer. It depends on the credit limit and the owners history (late payments, early payments, how much is spent in a month).

2406 million 1 third of the

2406 million 1 third of the worlds population? since theres only roughtly 6.5 billion people and thats 2.4 billion.... I hope thats a typo.... either that or someone really loves to lie

that aslide "here you may have just lost all your money thanks to our imcompitence but have 30 free days of play for games you may not even play any more!) somehow I think sony has killed themselves. personaly I'd be shouting lawsuit. force sony to pay out damages potential or real for ever customer who's info's been stolen, be it personal or financial

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