PSN user details, credit cards compromised

Written by Joe Martin

April 27, 2011 // 10:29 a.m.

Tags: #anonymous #hacking #playstation-3 #ps3 #psn #psn-credit-cards #psn-hack #psn-update #sony

Sony has revealed that the group responsible for the recent attack on the PlayStation Network, which has resulted in the service being down for the last week, gained access to the personal details of PSN users - possibly including credit card and financial details.

'Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorised person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state/province, zip or postal code), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID,' reads Sony's official statement.

'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 authorised a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained.'

Sony has clarified that, while no evidence currently proves financial information may have been taken, they have not yet ruled out the possibility.

Sony has encouraged users to remain vigilant of their account details while it continues to investigate and repair the intrusion. Sony has confirmed that independent security firms have been brought in to help solve the issues.

Earlier this month hacking group Anonymous launched an attack on Sony's PSN as part of a protest against Sony's prosecution of hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz. Anonymous then warned Sony it would launch an even bigger attack, though clarified it would not attack PSN again.

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