SOE Reports 12,700 Credit Card Numbers, 24.6 Million Accounts Compromised

Sony Online Entertainment has announced today that the server shutdown they announced yesterday was in response to an internal investigation that has shown that 24.6 million SOE accounts may have been stolen.

Even worse, the hackers apparently got their hands on an outdated database from 2007. That database contains around 12,700 credit / debit card numbers from non-US customers, as well as direct debit records for some customers located in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.

SOE is planning a to grant customers affected by the shut down 30 days of free game time, as well as one day for each days the servers remain down. They also are working on what they call a “make good” plan for those who play SOE MMOs on PS3. The press release also says that SOE is going to “provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs.”

It seems like Sony can’t catch a break right now. If you’re one of those affected, you should address this right away. If you need more information on the breach, or want to see exactly what info is believed to be compromised, you can visit www.soe.com/securityupdate.

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