May 3 - Sony says 25 million more accounts have been hacked, on top of the 77 million announced last week. Kirsty Basset reports.
A second massive security breach for Sony - this time the company says hackers may have stolen data from a further 25 million customers. It comes just one week after Sony revealed that 77 million Playstation user accounts had been broken into. The company's second in charge, Kazuo Hirai, responded on Sunday to the first huge violation - by apologising and promising new security measures. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) PRESIDENT AND GROUP CEO OF SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT, KAZUO HIRAI, SAYING: "We will implement an upgrade of the system software of PlayStation 3. Through this process, all our users will renew their passwords for their PlayStation Network accounts though I know this is a great inconvenience to them." Sony says the latest hacking could mean thousands of new direct debit records have been stolen, along with clients' names, addresses and emails, birthdays, phone numbers and other personal information. The incident has sparked a wave of legal action - and investigations by authorities in North America and Europe - as well as criticism of Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who has so far not commented. Kirsty Basset, Reuters.