Sony’s PlayStation Network, which allows more than 75 million gamers worldwide to play interactively with one another, was breached last Wednesday, causing the network to crash completely. This Tuesday, it was revealed that personal information may have been compromised. Today, more information is surfacing to the vast scope and severity of what Sony is describing as a “network intrusion.”
According to Sony UK, the information that has been hacked by an anonymous cybercriminal includes users’:
- Shipping addresses
- Billing addresses
- E-mail addresses
- PSN/Qriocity IDs
- PSN/Qriocity passwords
- PSN/Qriocity security questions and answers
- Purchase histories
What’s more, it is suspected that credit card information has been breached, though the Japanese media and electronics conglomorate has neither confirmed nor denied the rumor, simply stating that there is no evidence to support the claim “at this time.”
In the ensuing chaos, these millions of gamers are without their valuable service, and have already begun filing lawsuits against the corporation. Sony is also to be investigated by Canada’s Privacy Commission, along with receiving a letter from Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal demanding answers about the breach.
It is recommended that, if you are a user of the Sony PlayStation Network or their Qriocity media streaming service, you don’t panic, and closely monitor your e-mail, credit card transactions and mail just in case your information has been stolen and exploited.
(Via engadget and other sources)