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Sony PlayStation Network Update - Not Good News (Updated)
Big Picture Big Sound has been following the PlayStation Network situation for the past week, and Sony just released an update that users should pay immediate attention to (even though they can't access their accounts still to change passwords) because it involves their personal information stored on the PSN. Based on information released by Sony this afternoon, the "external intrusion" (fancy phrase for being hacked) gave culprits far deeper access than anyone thought initially including "a compromise of personal information."
Sony isn't being specific, and they have not publicly stated that credit card data for PSN or Qriocity users has been compromised, but the company did state that "your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."
We are not sure what's more frightening; the fact that credit card info was possibly hacked, or that Sony isn't quite sure of the answer. With more than 70+ million users, Sony is going to be under the gun to provide some answers and solutions if they want to minimize the damage.
Sony has also not given a date for the PSN to be back online, which is obviously far less of a concern to users at this hour -- we're not sure what being granted access at this point would mean to most people as the hackers have had days to copy sensitive personal information.
Sony UK chimed in this afternoon and the details are somewhat confusing because the last item on the list of exposed data doesn't confirm/deny that credit card information was accessed.
According to Sony UK, the following information was exposed:
- Shipping address
- Billing address
- E-mail address
- PSN/Qriocity ID
- PSN/Qriocity password
- PSN/Qriocity security question and answer
- Purchase history
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