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Sony Takes Down Data Published By PSN Hackers

Sony has announced that it has successfully removed the details of more than 2500 people which had been obtained during the hack of the Sony PlayStation Network.

These users had taken part in a sweepstake organised by the company more than 10 years ago, which highlights the extent of the breach and could have been done on demand for a prospective client looking to sample the database.

The details published did not include any sensitive information like credit card numbers, social security or passwords although there were three emails on the list.

Sony said in a statement "The website was out of date and inactive when discovered as part of the continued attacks on Sony". These attacks successfully compromised a database that contained more than 100 million accounts of people who are either Sony PSN users or are members of its PC-based online gaming offerings.

The company has openly accused the internet vigilante entity, Anonymous, of being associated with the data breach. Anonymous said it was not involved and denied leaving a "We are Legion" message although it did claim responsibility for other attacks on Sony and others.