Sensitive personal details of tens of millions of internet users have been stolen by hackers in one of the biggest ever cases of data theft, it has emerged.
Fraudsters have obtained data on millions of online video gamers – including three million Britons - after targeting Sony’s PlayStation Network.
The electronics giant is contacting around 70 million customers warning that details including their names, addresses, dates of birth, passwords and security questions have been stolen.
Sony also admitted that the hackers may have gained access to people’s credit card details.
The network provides online video gaming services and allows streaming of films and music via the internet.
It requires members to submit credit card and personal details to subscribe.