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Sony discovers new hack – 100 million affected

Sony announced yesterday that the company shut down the game portal Sony Online Entertainment after new information showing that the hacker attack was larger than previously thought. The move comes just over a week after Sony shut down Playstation Network and Qriocity due to a sophisticated hacker attack.

Sony discovered on Monday that another attack was made against the game portal Sony Online Entertainment, which resulted in the fact that another 24.6 million users may have been affected. It is still uncertain how long Sony Online Entertainment has been under the hackers’ control.

Along with the previous attack against Playstation Network and Qriocity, it is now feared that personal information belonging to over one hundred million users has ended up in the hands of the hackers.

According to Sony, the company does not believe that any card information was leaked in the latest attack, but mentions that there is a possibility that an old database from 2007 containing a total of 23,000 card numbers may have been stolen.

The latest attack was discovered on Monday when Sony, together with a hired security company, investigated last month’s attacks. Sony Online Entertainment was shut down immediately after the discovery.

– We have temporarily shut down Sony Online Entertainment as part of our investigation into the hacker attacks that took place in April. This is not about a second attack, Sony spokeswoman Michele Sturdivant told the Wall Street Journal.

Sony states that the company has been attacked for the past six weeks and is now working with both security companies and the US FBI to try to find the perpetrators.

It is currently unknown whether the hackers managed to steal card information belonging to Sony’s customers. Users who wish to replace their debit card can have any additional costs paid by Sony.

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