Personal Info Hacked From PSN

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Easter weekend was a huge upset for PSN users. No one had access to anything on PSN and Sony only announced ambiguous messages that their servers had been hacked then telling people to wait while they solved the problem. Today Sony let loose that the personal information of some of their customers was "compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into [their] network." Sony made it sound like this was a very serious issue and their wording implied a large number of their accounts were hacked.

The hackers gained access to all of the personal data of PSN accounts. Hackers had access to a long list of personal data: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. They even mentioned the possibility of credit card information having been stolen. Sony followed up that statement with their three steps to minimize the damage.

  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.
Sony didn't leave it at that they advised PSN account holders to watch their bank accounts get credit reports and wary of identity theft. Sony ended their letter with this "We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information."

Check out Sony's letter and advice to avoid any potential damage via Sony's Blog.

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