In April of 2011, the Sony Online Entertainment network was hacked. I was dismayed to hear that Sony was hacked again, putting even more users at risk. Hackers may have stolen the personal information of 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment users, the company said on Monday, May 2. More than 20,000 credit card and bank account numbers were also put at risk. This is in addition to the recent leak of over 70 million accounts from Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. On Monday May 2, 2011, Sony released this statement, “We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyberattack”.
Not only is this affecting users in the United States but it also affecting users worldwide. 12,700 non-U.S. customers, plus 10,700 direct debit customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain are at risk of getting their bank-account numbers, names and addresses exposed. The PlayStation Network is still down and will remain closed for a few more weeks. In order to make it up to their customers, Sony is offering a selection of free downloadable content along with 30 days free for all premium services. Sony has not decided when the Sony Online Entertainment services with officially be back online.