FYI...PSN hack: Personal data of millions of customers stolen
27 April 2011 - "... Sony says that 77 million
customers in 59 countries, including about 32 million in Europe, use the PlayStation Network... Even if no credit card information has been stolen, effects on customers could be very unpleasant. Experts think that fraudulent activities where criminals attempt to make clever use of the harvested personal data will be particularly likely. Sony has also recommended that users change their passwords when the PSN and Qriocity come back online – however, no concrete date and time have been mentioned. Customers who use their PSN or Qriocity user name or password for other services or accounts should also change their passwords for these accounts as soon as possible."
26 April 2011 21:53 GMT
___Sony PSN user info compromised
Apr 26, 2011 - "... We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to -all- of our registered account holders regarding a compromise of personal information as a result of an illegal intrusion on our systems...
'... certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised
in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network... 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. 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
> For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them
, as well.
> To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports...' ..."(More detail at the URL above.)
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