Almost 25 million accounts compromised

San Diego-based Sony subsid Sony Online Entertainment has reported a suspected hack of credit card data concerning 12,700 customers. It has shuttered online service temporarily.

Breach reportedly occurred on April 16 and 17, when hackers accessed personal info from nearly 24.6 million SOE accounts, as well as info from a 2007 database, including 12,700 non-U.S. credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates and 10,700 direct debit records of customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.

Sony earlier shut down its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services in reponse to a hack of info from 77 million customers, but at a Sunday press conference in Tokyo, Sony game division chief Kazuo Hira said Sony would restart most services, beginning with online games for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation portable, this week with tougher security measures in place.

SOE will offer 30 days of free subscription time to customers, and compensate them for lost service.

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