Online thieves and mischief-makers have reportedly released details for two million accounts online, with players of World of Tanks seemingly most at risk.
Everyone hates a copycat, but the cyber attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network has created more than a few. For hackers seeking notoriety or fame, there is no easier target these days than gaming companies.
The latest victim is Bethesda Software, makers of hit games like Fallout 3 and the Elder Scrolls titles. LulzSec, the group that has claimed responsibility for the Memorial Day weekend takeover of PBS Websites (posting false news stories that rapper Tupac Shakur was still alive and living in New Zealand), says it has breached the company’s servers and plans to release the data today.
As the president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, he is one of the most recognizable personifications of the PlayStation brand – but throughout the extended drama surrounding the hacker attack that resulted in the theft of personal information from over 100 million accounts, he has been forced to sit on the sidelines and remain silent. At this year’s E3, though, he’s finally getting a chance to address the situation.
“The cybercrime wave that has affected Sony companies and a number of government agencies, businesses and individuals in recent months has hit Sony Pictures as well,” said Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and co-chairman Amy Pascal in a joint statement. “[Thursday] afternoon a group of criminal hackers known as ‘LulzSec’ claimed to have breached some of our websites. We have confirmed that a breach has occurred and have taken action to protect against further intrusion. We also retained a respected team of experts to conduct the forensic analysis of the attack, which is ongoing.”
First, hackers stole personal information from 100 million accounts at Sony, then Symantec announced that Facebook might have accidentally leaked its users’ information to advertisers and other third parties for several years without realizing it.
The breaches, coupled with some high-profile credit card hack attacks, have people worried—and rightfully so. If they’re not safe with some of the biggest holders of personal data around, is their data safe anywhere?
Not only does the company have to rebuild its network infrastructure and continue to inventory what data was taken, but the revelation that another 25 million accounts were hacked will further tarnish Sony’s image — something that could impact long-term sales.
Sony announced Monday it had discovered another 24.6 million accounts had been hacked, this time in the company’s PC online gaming division. The intrusion is on top of the 77 million accounts that Sony has previously acknowledged were breached.
Sony’s acknowledgement that hackers have compromised its PlayStation Network put 70 million subscribers on alert — and left a lot of people with a lot of questions.
The security breach has many people worried about identity theft and, if they had made a digital purchase on the console, whether their credit card information is safe. Finding the answers can be a challenge, so here’s what you need to know about what the attack means for you.
Sony, in a statement on its company blog, announced the extent of the breach on its PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems Monday, adding that it was still uncertain if any credit card information tied to those accounts was accessed as well. Sony shut down the PlayStation Network six days ago after discovering the breach, but Monday’s announcement was the first that gave substantial information about the scope of the intrusion.
The company says hackers obtained personal information for all of the service’s 70 million subscribers. Still unclear is whether the credit card information on file with the service was compromised.