Sony: Hackers of PSN, Qriocity gained access to data of 77M users

Sony's issues with its PlayStation Network and Qriocity entertainment network continue. The company today revealed that hackers likely gained access to the personal information of as many as 77 million users of PSN/Qriocity. The networks, attacked by hackers between April 17 and April 19, remain offline after being shut down April 20 by Sony as it continues to investigate the attack.

"Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information provided by PlayStation Network/Qriocity account holders: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birth date, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password, login, and handle/PSN online ID," the company said on its blog. "Other profile data may also have been obtained, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip). If an account holder has authorized a sub-account for a dependent, the same data with respect to that dependent may have been obtained. If an account holder provided credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, it is possible that the credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may also have been obtained."

Qriocity is at the core of Sony's connected device efforts, offering movies on connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Movies and TV shows also are available to users of the PlayStation Network.

The company said it combined data from both services.

The company said some parts of the services may be available within a week, but said the investigation leaves that that decision up in the air.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, meanwhile, in a letter to Sony, asked the company to provide users of the service with "financial data security services, including free access to credit reporting services, for two years, the costs of which should be borne by Sony, and also said the company should provide those affected by the attack with identity theft insurance.

For more:
- see this Bloomberg article

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