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Another 24.6 million Sony accounts hacked

Game over? It was bad enough news for entertainment giant Sony recently when it was announced that 77 million PlayStation network accounts were stolen on April 22. On Tuesday, it was reported that another 24.6 million Sony accounts have also been hacked.

According to PC World, this leaves consumers "vulnerable to financial fraud and identity theft."

The network hacked this time is Sony Online Entertainment, (SOE) which offers subscription-based online games.

And so, as of Tuesday morning, zam.com reports "all Sony Online Entertainment services, games, forums and websites went offline."

Personal information -- name, address, email address, gender, birth date, and phone number -- has been compromised, along with users' password and login information.

But this isn't the worst of it: geekosystem.com says that credit card information was probably stolen.

Luckily destructoid.com reports that only 900 of the 12,700 credit cards stolen were active, as it turns out hackers accessed an older account, one from 2007.

And Sony's problem has drawn more than just their customers' anger, it's caused the government to turn their eyes toward Sony as, according to pcmag.com, "government agencies across the country and the world are now seeking answers from Sony about the PlayStation Network outage and the potential loss of personal information."

Some of these agencies include, "Connecticut state attorney general, the FBI, government privacy officials from Australia, Canada and the U.K., and even the city of Taipei."

But hacking of this sort has been going on for years and according to guardian.com: "Piracy on the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP has cost the industry $41 billion (?26.5bn) since June 2004."

But what apology will Sony offer this week, when last week they were just apologizing for the breach of their PlayStation network? And CNN says "Sony apologized for the security lapse and outages on Sunday. The company plans to offer PlayStation account holders a 30-day voucher for the PlayStation Plus service, which lets gamers download free and exclusive games."