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Sony Online Entertainment Took Down All Its Game Servers Due to Hacker Attack & Compromised Security

Sony Online Entertainment Took Down All Its Game Servers Due to Hacker Attack & Compromised Security (This is madness! No, this is ...Sparta... Sony!)- This is madness! – No, this is… Sony! – should we say. Previously, Sony lost PlayStation Network users data to hackers at April, 26th (which i missed being in Egypt). So far i haven’t seen a solid explanation of what exactly happened and how, just some mumbling excuses on Sony’s part. Today Sony took down all its game servers due to ANOTHER hacker attack and compromised security! Turns out, some hackers (the same team?) just owned all SOE customers data, including personal and credit card information. “Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) may have also been obtained – we will be notifying each of those customers promptly” Sony says. So the hacking guys practically plundered everything and went out unnoticed for 24 hours, AFTER the attack on PSW which should have done – what? To ring an alarm, maybe, that there are hackers around? Hello! Is anyone even in there? I wouldn’t feel sorry for these Sony dumbasses if not for my credit card information associated with Vanguard account. And the Vanguard server being unavailable too, btw.

 

This is what Sony LaunchPad says right now (click for larger picture):

Sony Online Entertainment Took Down All Its Game Servers Due to Hacker Attack & Compromised Security (This is madness! No, this is ...Sparta... Sony!)

 

And this is what Sony is sending out to its customers (in case you did not see this message, check your Spam/Junk folder, mine was in there).

Notice that the message is marked MAY 3, but it’s MAY 6 TODAY, and my Gmail tells me that this Sony message arrived only TWO HOURS AGO. Did they not send it out for 3 days? So when was this attack happening, exactly?

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Customer Service Notification

May 3, 2011

Dear Valued Sony Online Entertainment Customer:

Our ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment systems has discovered that hackers may have obtained personal customer information from SOE systems. We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyber-attack. Stolen information includes, to the extent you provided it to us, the following: name, address (city, state, zip, country), email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password. Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) may have also been obtained – we will be notifying each of those customers promptly.

There is no evidence that our main credit card database was compromised. It is in a completely separate and secured environment.

We had previously believed that SOE customer data had not been obtained in the cyber-attacks on the company, but on May 1st we concluded that SOE account information may have been stolen and we are notifying you as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the attack and as a result, we have:

1.
Temporarily turned off all SOE game services;

2.
Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and

3.
Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When SOE’s services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your Station or SOE game account name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports.

We are committed to helping our customers protect their personal data and we will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in regions in which such programs are commonly utilized.

We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at + 44 870-600-0267 (Monday to Friday 15:00 to 22:00 GMT excluding holidays) should you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,
Sony Online Entertainment LLC

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