Millions More Victims Of Hacked Online Sony Accounts
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
SAN DIEGO The new total number of comprised Sony PlayStation accounts is 102 million.
Sony executives said credit card information along with names, email addresses, and passwords were among the information stolen.
A San Diego based data center discovered the security breech on April 19, 2011. But Sony failed to notify it’s online users for another six days.
Kazuo Hirai, president of Sony’s computer entertainment division apologized in Tokyo earlier this week.
“This criminal act against our network had a significant impact not only on our customers, but our entire industry,” Hirai said.
He also promised to “regain the trust” of Sony users.
The company said they would provide a month of “free access” to users and compensate customers who were forced to cancel their credit cards.
Sony offers an online game network, which allows gamers from around the world to play through the Internet. It also has an online entertainment network.
Both were shut down after the user accounts were infiltrated.
Sony said their online service would be restored later this week.
The FBI in San Diego is among several law enforcement agencies throughout the world investigating the case.
Darrell Foxworth, a special agent with the FBI in San Diego, said cyber-crime is a federal offense.
“Often times, these crimes involve intrusions, mail fraud, wire fraud or identity theft. There are a variety of federal statues that cover this type of alleged criminal activity.”
Foxworth said anyone with information or concerns visit the FBI’s internet crime complaint center.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony, which claims the company broke the law by storing credit card information.
Sony defended itself, by saying credit card details were encrypted, making them more difficult to use.