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Sony play station hacked, Millions affected

San Francisco, Wed, 27 Apr 2011 NI Wire

Sony play station hacked, Millions affected

Fraudsters have breached through Sony play station networks and have stolen valuable details of millions of internet users. It is considered biggest data theft ever. Sources from Sony Corp. says that personal data, and credit card information, of tens of millions of users is likely to be stolen who are registered as the users of PlayStation Network. It is worth mentioning that PlayStation Network online game and movie service, while Qriocity offers on-demand digital music service.

Bruce Schneier, the security technologist and author of "Beyond Fear" said that it is one of the biggest frauds of this kind where millions are affected.

On March 31, Sony had 77 million accounts for its PlayStation Network service that links users via the Sony PlayStation 3 video game console to download games and other services offered by the company. Although all these accounts are not active and there is a possibility that there could be more than one account per person.

The Hackers breached through the database last week and managed to steal names, addresses, phone numbers, user names, birth dates, email addresses, passwords other personal details of the customers, according to the information last came in. Sony said, they are not sure of theft of credit card information.

However there is no information on credit card data theft, its possibility can't be ruled out. In a posting on the Company's blog Sony PlayStation spokesman Patrick Seybold writes "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 had stopped the services of its PlayStation Network service last week on the pretext of being the target of an "intrusion," but details were not divulged until Tuesday.

This delay in information is under criticism. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), in a letter to the president of Sony's PlayStation business in the U.S., Jack Tretton, writes "troubled by the failure of Sony to immediately notify affected customers of the breach and to extend adequate financial data security protections."

"We learned there was an intrusion April 19 and subsequently shut the services down," Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold chipped in. "We then brought in outside experts to help us learn how the intrusion occurred and to conduct an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident. It was necessary to conduct several days of forensic analysis, and it took our experts until [Monday] to understand the scope of the breach. We then shared that information with our consumers and announced it publicly [Tuesday]."

Schneier said such kinds of intrusions are very normal; the worst part of it is that some consumers are permanently affected from such identity theft.

We are trying to get parts of its PlayStation Network back up "within a week." Sony said.

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