Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Sony drop the ball and smother it in large amounts of turd

Seems the Playstation Network downtime is actually due to an epic fail of, well... EPIC proportions. I've cut out some of the waffle to leave the important bit...

"Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer,

We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.....

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/province, zip or postal code), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords 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 that credit card data was taken at this time, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, to be on the safe side we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may also 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, tax identification or similar 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 or similar types of reports. "

If you want to read their full statement you can follow this LINK. They also have an FAQ.

BTW I've been quiet lately due to holidays and proper real life stuff, will be posting again shortly. Things changing, still subbed to RIFT and WAR reactivated. More on that soon...

1 comment:

  1. Not really their fault that a friendless hacker did this, presumably to try to earn some credo with 4channers. The whole Anonymous thing vs Sony. They think it's a crusade because of the way Sony tried to 'punish' the guy who broke the private key. Not Sony's fault, you can bet your ass they invest in solid protection - by the very nature of the system that holds the personal data these things will have a window, however small, to the wider world. Hell a random autistic kid from England hacked the FBI.
    The thing about 4chan is, they regularly post pages of credit card numbers and details in giant downloadable lists.. it's a game but it's not just 'for the pleasure of hacking' or to show Sony how they can better protect themselves - it's plain, foolish crime.


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