If you have a PSN account, now it's the time to change your passwords and be alert of suspicious activity and/or e-mails. Sony officially confirmed everyone's worst fears…
If you have a PSN account, now it's the time to change your passwords and be alert of suspicious activity and/or e-mails. Sony confirmed everyone's worst fears; sensitive user data (names, e-mail and home addresses, dates of birth, passwords and even credit card information) have been exposed during the "illegal and unauthorized intrusion" which occurred between April 17 and April 19 and has resulted in the worldwide PSN outage, which is now in its sixth day.
Sony claims that over 70 million users have subscribed to the PSN but did not reveal how many of them have been affected by this data breach. Another interesting part of the story is how Sony decided to inform the public; Patrick Seybold, Sony's director of corporate communications and social media in the United States, explained the security breach in a blog post a full 6 days after the incident.
"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." – the blog post lists. And continues : "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."