Sony Confirms Yet Another Credit Card Data Breach

As if it wasn’t bad enough that 10 million credit card numbers may be at risk due to a hacker’s takedown of PlayStation Network, Sony is also facing a data hemorrhage on another front. Sony Online Entertainment — maker of EverQuest — confirmed another data breach has left 12,700 non-U.S. credit card numbers and 10,700 bank account numbers exposed.

The Wall Street Journal reports the numbers came from a 2007 database, meaning many of the accounts may no longer be active. The hacker may have also nabbed users’ names, birthdates, passwords and addresses.

SOE shut down its services Monday due to the breach, which has affected 24.6 million accounts. Between the SOE and PSN breaches, more than 100 million accounts are believed to have been exposed.

A Sony spokesperson said this is not a second attack, and is simply an extension of the breach that has dogged Sony since April 20:

“We temporarily took down [Sony Online Entertainment’s] services as part of our continued investigation into the external intrusion that occurred in April. This is not a second attack.”

Second Sony Videogame-Service Is Hacked [The Wall Street Journal via Engadget]