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Millions more Sony accounts hacked

Millions more Sony accounts hacked
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Sony has revealed hackers may have stolen the data of another 25 million accounts in a second massive security breach.

As well as the cyberattack on its PlayStation Network two weeks ago, Sony said hackers got into its gaming site for personal computers.

Details of over 23,000 credit or debit cards are believed to have been taken including some in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

Sony has been criticised for its poor handling of the data security crisis, particularly for delays in telling customers.

It is a further blow for the company which has struggled to match recent hit products from rivals including Nintendo , Samsung and Apple.

The attack that Sony has just disclosed took place a day before a massive break-in of its separate PlayStation video game network that led to the theft of data from 77 million user accounts.

Sony revealed that attack last week. The PlayStation network lets video game console owners download games and play against friends.

The Sony Online Entertainment network, the victim of the latest break-in, hosts games such as ‘EverQuest’ played over the Internet on PCs.

Sony said that the names, addresses, emails, birthdates, phone numbers and other information from 24.6 million PC games accounts may have been stolen from its servers as well as an “outdated database” from 2007.

Sony is trying to repair its tarnished image and reassure customers who might be thinking of moving to Microsoft’s Xbox.

The PlayStation Network incident has also sparked legal action and investigations by authorities in North America and Europe, home to almost 90 percent of the users of the network.