SOE brought down, 24.6 million accounts compromised

As soon as the nightmare was seemingly over, Sony has found another intrusion on their online services. Sony Online Entertainment, their separate development and publishing division, also fell victim to the unknown assailants. SOE has been responsible for many MMO’s, and currently runs DC Universe Online on both the PlayStation 3 and PC.

“We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily.” read the brief statement by SOE on the morning of May 2nd. “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.”

Less than ten hours later, they released a statement revealing the reason the service was brought down: “personal information from approximately 24.6 million SOE accounts may have been stolen, as well as certain information from an outdated database from 2007.” “The information from the outdated database that may have been stolen includes approximately 12,700 non-U.S. credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes), and about 10,700 direct debit records of certain customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.” Ouch. While it’s not directly putting more U.S. users into danger, it definitely isn’t good news for the thousands of others.

Sony insists that is undoubtedly related to the PlayStation Network attack, but also reminds us that the two networks are not connected.

The plot thickens.

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