In a major hacking incident, Sony has been dealt what is being described as “a significant short-term blow,” with both its PlayStation Network and its Qriocity on-demand television service affected, Deadline.com reports.
The incident, attributed to a lone hacker, is considered to be one of the biggest security breaches in the history of the Internet, according to the report. User log-in data was reportedly accessed, with the potential for the theft of user credit card information.
Sony apparently learned of the breach April 19 and immediately shut down the PlayStation Network. Users were essentially in the dark until a week later, when Sony revealed that “an illegal and unauthorised person” had obtained users’ names, passwords, email addresses and other details.
About 20 million customers use the PlayStation Network in the U.S., with an estimated 800,000 pieces of content downloaded daily.