After six days of near silence, Sony admitted today that its Playstation Online Network was the victim of hackers and that much and perhaps all of its account holders personal information had been stolen.

On the Sony Playstation blog, the company admitted that between April 17th and April 19th, its user account information was compromised.

The company says that when the security breach was finally discovered, the company turned off the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services and hired an outside security firm to conduct an investigation.

Sony says hackers obtained the following information about its users:
  • Name,
  • Address (city, state, zip)
  • Country,
  • Email Address,
  • Birthdate
  • PlayStation Network/Qriocity password
  • PlayStation Network/Qriocity login
  • PSN online ID.

The hackers may also have gleaned the following data about users:
  • Profile data
  • Purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip)
  • PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers
  • All of the above information for authorized sub-accounts

Sony says its unsure whether credit card data was taken.

The company did not say when the PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems would be back online but did say they expect to restore some services within a week.

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