We learned earlier that Sony Online Entertainment suffered a security breach, which resulted in the exposure of 24.6 million accounts and 12,700 credit card numbers.
But in addition to the facts that the card info was taken from an out-of-date database circa 2007, and that no American card data appeared to have been stolen, there's another piece of good news: according to GamesIndustry.biz , only about 900 of those 12,700 cards were active at the time of the theft. That makes the breach significantly less damaging and allows most consumers to breathe easier. We should mention we've seen a lot of nightmare predictions and erroneous reports online concerning the SOE (and PSN) breach, and it has resulted in a lot of alarmist reactions. Perhaps it's best to stick to the facts; otherwise, we'll gain absolutely no respect from a journalistic standpoint. Now is the time to be professional.
On a side note, Sony has agreed to answer questions from Congress concerning the Network hack; those questions can be seen through that link and were listed in the New York Times. Congress imposed a May 6 deadline for responses and Sony will hit that deadline; they will offer answers to questions like, "When did you become aware of the illegal and unauthorized intrusion?" and "How did you become aware of the breach?"
And by the way, the Network isn't back up just yet.