If you’re a PlayStation gamer, you’ve probably noticed that Sony’s online service for the PS3, dubbed PlayStation Network, has been down for several days. No video downloads, no music downloads, no online gaming.
Well, the reason for the downtime is that PSN has been hacked.
And the hackers got a lot of personal info about individual PSN users, possibly including credit card numbers.
Sony isn’t sure exactly what has been compromised.
From the company’s official blog this afternoon (emphasis mine):
Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.
And PSN isn’t some piddling service with only a handful of users. There are 77 million PSN accounts worldwide.
So this could be a gigantic problem for Sony and its customers (including me).
Keep an eye on that credit card account activity.
And you can probably count on getting a whole new round of phishing emails.
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