Sony: Hackers Could Have 10M Credit Cards

But company says there is no evidence card data was compromised
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2011 2:36 PM CDT
Sony Apologizes, Says PlayStation Hackers Could Have up to 10M Credit Cards
Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Kazuo Hirai, center, bows along with two other executives at the start of a press conference at the Sony Corp. headquarters in Tokyo, May 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Sony executives apologized today for the PlayStation Network security breach, and acknowledged the hackers could have credit card information from as many as 10 million customers. Today’s press conference was the first time Sony, whose executives bowed deeply to express regret, has said how many credit cards could be vulnerable. Even so, the company says there is no evidence that encrypted credit card data was compromised, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The company has acknowledged that other information, including names, addresses, emails, and birth dates, was stolen from the service’s 77 million registered accounts. Personal information of Sony executives and their families has also been put online, and threats have been made against the company’s retail outlets. "We're still not sure what the goal of these people who entered our system [is] and why they did this dishonest act," said Kazuo Hirai, head of the company's videogame and consumer-electronics unit; he also unveiled measures to boost Sony's online security. (More hacker stories.)

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