Japanese electronics giant Sony has admitted millions of PlayStation network gamers may have had their personal details stolen.
A hacker broke into the PlayStation video game online network and stole names, addresses and possibly credit card data belonging to 77 million people.
It is believed to be one of the biggest-ever internet security breaches of its kind.
Sony learned of the breach on April 19 and immediately shut down the PlayStation network, but kept quiet about it for a week.
In a statement the company said an “illegal and unauthorised person” obtained people’s names, addresses, email address, birthdates, usernames, passwords, logins, security questions and more.Analysts said while Sony has notified its customers of the break-in, it still has not provided information on how users’ data may have been compromised.
“This is a huge data breach,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. “The bigger issue with Sony is how will the hacker use the info that has been illegally obtained?”
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