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Hackers Claim To Offer Sony PlayStation Network Data For Sale

Hackers in underground online forums are claiming to have access to credit details of 2.2 million PlayStation Network users, security experts have revealed.

According to an article on The New York Times (opens in new tab), the comments made by the hackers in the forums indicate that they have access to names, addresses, user names and passwords and credit card details of 2.2 million PSN users.

Sony had warned that there was no way to be sure that hackers had stolen credit card data in a security breach last Thursday. The company also reported that the entire credit card database was encrypted.

Kevin Stevens, senior threat researcher at the security firm Trend Micro, told the NY Times that he had seen chatter about hackers offering the credit details for sale. Comments indicate that hackers plan to sell the information for upwards of $100,000. Some of the hackers also claimed that Sony was offered a chance to buy back the data that had been stolen but the company refused.

“To my knowledge there is no truth to the report that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase the list. The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken,” Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications and social media at Sony, said in a statement.