Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What You Need To Know Right Now About The Sony PSN Hack

Image representing Sony as depicted in CrunchBaseSony revealed  additional information, about the hack

name, address (city, state/province, zip or postal code), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords and login, handle/PSN online ID.

Note that the email addresses, logins and passwords also have been stolen from Sony

This is going to turn ugly considering that many users on the web use the same email and password combination on a lot of sites.

If you are a customer you need to immediately change your passwords on site where you may have used the same password, and your email account.

Furthermore Sony says that it is possible that profile data may have also been obtained, which would include purchase history and billing address. Worse, they cannot eliminate the possibility that created card data was taken as well.

That’s the worst case scenario, and there is not lot that users of the network can do at this time, but to actively monitor their credit card bills to check for unauthorized payments.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, remain vigilant to review your account statements and to monitor your credit or similar types of reports.

The data stolen could also be used in custom attacks as the attackers could use the user’s name and other information to make requests look legit.

Sony asks all users to change their PSN passwords as soon as the service goes online again.

A frequently asked questions section has been uploaded to the Playstation website which contains further information and support phone numbers.

With 70 million users, the data alone could be worth a fortune on the black market.



Final note:
1 - PSN users need to change their web account passwords immediately.
2 - You need to change the password of your email accounts if identical
3 - Monitor your credit card statements and account statements to make sure that no unauthorized payments are made from the accounts.

51 commentaires:

LaserDollars said...

I always feel iffy about giving my information out on any sort of medium that others have access to.... exhibit A lol.

Arbouretum said...

So evrything is stolen? thank god i have an XBOX :P

E99 said...

this looks serious...hope they find a solution soon.nice blog friend i followed you.

The Radical Chemist said...

I suspected that this theft was a part of the down time... it's finally nice to confirm that. I'll change all my passwords, today. -sigh-

baka1236 said...

/sigh...

i'll change my psn password asap

IMO i just think its just some kids trying to be stupid and thought they'd be cool by bringing down psn

Skeng said...

Glad I never setup a PSN account

Xatana said...

Play on a PC

Sean said...

Might come back to this if I ever start playing on the PSN

philmin9 said...

It's hard to believe the amount of data they got their hands on.

daniel said...

Good info, thanks for sharing.

Yorkie Love said...

Scary stuff! Luckily my passwords are all different than the PSN, but still!

Following and supporting!

Yorkie Love

Scott said...

Use different passwords everywhere but this is still really scary and also incompetant on Sony's part.

Chloroform said...

This kinda makes me glad I use an xbox. Even though, I think that once Sony realized that the credit card information could have been taken as well, they should have immediatly notified the customers, not waiting a week.

Legit said...

Sony fucked up.
Perfect example of why Xbox is still greater.

game_artifacts said...

great post, need to keep people informed during crises like this

Ronald said...

I have to let my friends know!!!!!!!!!!

Lux said...

My password is the same on a lot of other stuff...shit. At least I never entered any credit card info.

Jbrodin said...

I can't believe that something like this may have happened and it took them a week to tell any of their users that their information was possibly taken. Hope it all works out in the end.

Athanasian Echo said...

Wow. I am glad I never bought a PS3. This is kind of a relief.

Wes said...

xbox!

R. Cutts said...

ahh i'm annoyed but i heard with credit card type risks the 3 digit verification codes were never kept upon the whole packet changing handshake thing so there's likely no risk..

James Lyndon said...

Wow, that's a sticky situation!

Miyamoto Karyuu said...

still have my fat-ps2 xD

Phil said...

There are so many people who think that it crashed from updates and stuff, finally someone who knows what they're talking about. Seriously.

McClane said...

My friend had to cancel his credit card immediatly when he heard what happened. Lucky me I don't have a PS3.

AndrewT789 said...

I got an email about this today, not on :@
Great post, followed!

B Jeezy said...

this whole situation is ridiculous

MB said...

such BS. Sony needs to take control. good job summarizing your main points at the end.

Yazure said...

damn, and to say a month ago i was laughing to a guy who claimed that psn was going to get hacked...

Michelangelo said...

Oh for hell sake, and there goes my info too ;(

clique said...

lol that sucks

Al3xaG said...

Sony is gonna lose a lot of credibility after this

Trelin said...

Credit card data has been been confirmed to be stolen as well. There's an article on Arstechnica about it.

Jay Reid said...

I never used my debit card on the system so it's np.

Cosmonaut Music said...

i dont want to blame playstation, but on the positive side a much needed improvement will be given i assume in response to this

fit4life said...

1, i would never give my credit card to a game company ONLINE, and 2, dont even have an account :]

dufenstein1 said...

oh crap. i have a ps3 didnt even know they got hacked till i read this, thanks. changing all my passwords

Jeremy said...

Glad I don't own a PS3. : / Not that I ever console game often..

Lucky13 said...

Thats a major problem Sony has on your hands right now. Hopefully PSN will be back soon.

Finn Phoenix said...

hopefully encryption will hold out

The Wired said...

This took me by surprise, and ballooned to bigger than I thought it would. Are the networks still currently down? Really Sony?

baka1236 said...

sony released a Q and A on their playstation blog.

check it out if you have questions

baka

A Kid At Heart said...

I just gotta say, I do hope everything works out. Not fair for one person to ruin the fun for millions.

Gzorzy said...

Sony so bad. disapoint.

Sickman said...

Thanks. Heard a bunch about it, but had no real idea on what was going on, even though I don't have PSN.

SmartDroids said...

Thanks for info bro... Great post!

Dave said...

Hearing a bout this everywhere, a couple of my friends use a ps3 and they arent to happy obviously

Quetopia said...

I really don't have to worry about this but it's fun to mess with people who do.

Marc D said...

Great post! Thanks fo the info

Massani said...

I read that this is the largest leak of data in the history of the world. Man, i'm lucky I don't use a credit card on PSN.

Psicon said...

I always feel iffy

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