Sony cuts off Sony Online Entertainment service after hack, Again.

The widely publicized hack of Sony’s computer networks is worse than previously thought, also affecting 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment network accounts.

Sony — which has kept its Sony PlayStation Network offline for nearly 2 weeks as it investigates a computer intrusion — took a second gaming network offline May 2, saying it too appears to have been hacked. It said banking and credit card information belonging to more than 23,000 customers outside the United States may have been compromised. The Sony Online Entertainment network, used for massively multiplayer online games, has been suspended temporarily, Sony said May 1. Add this to the 77 million accounts that may have been compromised the week of April 24, and Sony is responsible for one of the largest recorded data breaches. The entertainment network is separate from the PlayStation Network, but both hacks have similar traits, a spokeswoman for Sony Computer Entertainment said. In both cases, the stolen data includes customer names, e-mail addresses, and hashed versions of their account passwords. That data could be used to spam customers or trick them with phishing e-mails.
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