Sony’s Playstation Network hacked, 77m affected

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It has now been a week since the PlayStation Network went down and suspicions of hacking were aroused, seven days on and the situation looks nothing short of grim for everyone affected.

Sony have now warned PSN users that personal data including credit card details may have been stolen following the attack on the service. According to Sony, the personal data could have fallen into the hands of an “unauthorised person”, and PSN users have now been warned to be on the lookout for attempted email, telephone and postal mail scams. Nick Caplin, head of communication for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) lists the following specific information that they believe to have been accessed:

Name Address (city, state/province, zip or postal code),

Country,

Email address,

Birthdate,

PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords and

Login, and handle/PSN online ID

He then went on to say that it is also possible that profile data including purchase history, billing address and security answers for PSN and Qriocity may have been taken, and said that, “While there is no evidence that credit card data was taken at this time, we cannot rule out the possibility.”

Users that may have been affected (a possible 77 million!) are being advised to remain vigilant.

Another side effect of the PSN being hacked is that Sony users won’t get the enjoy the scheduled content due to have been published this week for the Playstation Store and PS Home due to “ongoing work to bring PSN back online.”  

Christopher Graham, the UK’s information commissioner, has said that his organisation has already started to investigate the PSN hack. He said that the hack looked like, “a very serious breach of data protection law”, and the Information Commissioner’s Office has the power to impose fines of up to £500,000. Even with this investigation underway, Mr Graham stressed that he will not able to take action unless the Playstation Network is stored in the UK – something that he is still trying to find out.

The Playstation Network still remains unavailable for use and no date has been mentioned for when it will be available again.

Since the major security breach to Sony’s PSN one week ago, Microsoft have issued the following service alert to protect users on its Xbox LIVE Network from having their data stolen, the alert is as follows:

Users may experience difficulties with the following services: Users may receive potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging while playing Modern Warfare 2. We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.”

It seems that all networks will be on high alert following the attack on Sony.

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