MISERY was heaped on embattled Sony yesterday when it was revealed a further 25m customers could have had their personal information stolen by hackers.
Last week it was forced to admit 78m members of its PlayStation Network have been targeted by hackers, with a limited number of credit card and bank details amongst the information accessed.
The latest breach is at the Sony Online Entertainment division of the company, which is separate from the PlayStation Network.
It is understood both divisions were targeted as part of the same sustained attack but that Sony was unaware of this until yesterday.
Sony was forced to shut down the division in yet another blow to its sales. The PlayStation Network had still not been reinstated yesterday.
Sony had begun a clean-up operation that involved giving users free access to its premium content and paying credit card renewal fees in affected areas but the latest revelation is likely to dump it back to square one.
Users were warned of a possible attack on 27 April – a week after Sony first detected a problem. Sony says it has now put in place measures to prevent another cyber-attack.