Sony Hired Investigators To Catch Hackers Behind Security Breach

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Sony hired investigators to catch the hackers behind a security breach that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million video game users.

Sony, the Japanese electronics giant, retained a team from Data Forte, which is led by a former special agent with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service, to work alongside agents from the F.B.I., who are also looking into the matter.

The situation became worse after Sony admitted that hackers stole into its servers on the 16th and 17th of April 2011.

Hackers may have stolen personal user data. This time, hackers targeted the accounts of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) users per Sony. It includes personal data from approximately 24.6 million SOE accounts, as well as some of the data from an outdated database from 2007.

This database includes about “12,700 non-U.S. credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates, not credit card security codes, and about 10,700 direct debit records of certain customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.”

The newly discovered attacks are being investigated. SOE has shut down all servers related to SOE services.

Sony has apologized to its customers for any inconvenience and promised to send emails to all customers whose data may have been stolen.