October 21, 2016

24 Million Sony Online Entertainment User Records Exposed

Sony has revealed that the breach of its servers is much larger than originally reported. Initially Sony revealed that some 77 million user records where exposed during a breach of the PlayStation Network (PSN), however now it is reporting that 24.5 million Sony Online Entertainment user records have also been stolen.

Details are now emerging that the attack on the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) network preceded that of the PlayStation Network, but it was only discovered yesterday. As a result Sony has taken down the SOE network, which hosts games that are played over the internet on PCs, and suspended its SOE games on Facebook.

The personal information of the approximately 24.6 million SOE accounts that was illegally obtained is as follows:

  • name
  • address
  • e-mail address
  • birthdate
  • gender
  • phone number
  • login name
  • hashed password

On Sunday, Sony announced that it will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of its PlayStation Network and Qriocit services, beginning with gaming, music and video services. It is unclear if the discovery of the SOE breach will delay this.