A further 24,6-million Sony user accounts might have been compromised in an attack that is thought to have occurred days before the much-publicised breach between 16 and 19 April that 77-million users’ personal information compromised.
The gaming vendor says it has discovered that information stolen in the earlier breach may have included credit card numbers, debit card numbers and expiration dates.
This comes on top of the news last week that, between 17 and 19 April, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorised intrusion into the network.
In response to that attack, Sony has temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services; engaged an outside, recognised security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building the system to provide users with greater protection of users’ personal information.
Sony believes the attack may have compromised personal information as well as credit card details.