PlayStation Network user data compromised

If you use the Sony PlayStation online gaming network, your data has been stolen.  I haven’t really blogged about the PlayStation Network outage over the past six days as I have just been letting it play out and was waiting to see what happened, hoping things would get better faster than they have.  This doesn’t seem to be the case though.  

Sony mentioned a few days ago there was an external intrusion which they in turn had to completely suspend and shutdown the network to secure it and to later find out, they are rebuilding it, which as you can imagine is taking an inordinate amount of time to do.  Sony did confirm today through the external intrusion (hack) that there was a "compromise of personal information" for all their registered account holders.

The most startling of the announcement from Sony was the information the hacker has obtained from registered account holders:

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.

Fucking Shit!  Basically every little detail down to your date of birth and billing information has been compromised.  Thank God I don’t use the PlayStation Network.  Every online account password, change them.  If you use Gmail, set up mobile authentication.  I would also keep a close eye on your credit card information just in case, if not just get a new card number issued.  Sony does go on to say regarding credit card information specifically:

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.

Sony also provides additional information on how you can guard against phishing scams and how to check your credit, as now it’s possibly in the hands of bad mamajama hacker(s).

Read the Sony PlayStation blog for more details

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