Sony has admitted that Sony Online Entertainment, which manages Sony's online games across PC and PlayStation 3, has been affected by the previous attacks on the PlayStation Network.

Sony has also clarified that SOE has not come under a new attack, but that the information has only come to light in the last 48 hours. More than 24.6 million accounts on Station.com - Sony's hub for online games such as DC Universe, Freerealms and Everquest 2 - have been compromised, across both PS3 and PC.

Sony doesn't believe that the primary credit card database has been accessed, but has discovered evidence that an older database of non-US customers has been - a fact which directly affects 12,700 customers.

'Stolen information includes, to the extent you provided it to us, the following: name, address (city, state, zip, country), email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password,' says the Sony statement.

'Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained - we will be notifying each of those customers promptly.'

Sony has taken all SOE game services offline for the moment and is working to contact customers directly, while also upping security.

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