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Published on April 27th, 2011 | by Kole Ross, Editor

Sony Confirms PSN Data Theft

Hey, uhh… Remember how we said that your personal information, as regards the PlayStation Network, was possibly compromised? Yeah, about that, Sony says it’s definitely a thing that probably happened.

In an official blog post, Sony came clean about the security breach, saying that an “illegal and unauthorized intrusion” on their PSN systems may have netted one lucky criminal with thousands, perhaps millions, of valuable pieces of personal information.

According to Destructoid, this has caused something of a minor outrage in the press and… gasp… the senate… as Sony attempts to put out fires which also happen to be resting upon spinning plates.

Sony has been able to pinpoint the types of data that may have been compromised. Here’s what to panic about:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your physical, billing, and e-mail addresses.
  3. Your birthdate.
  4. Your PSN/Qirocity login, password, and security question answers.

They are not willing to confirm that credit card data have been compromised, but they acknowledge the possibility and encourage caution.

It’s generally a good idea to have a handle on your credit situation, but now may be an appropriate time to check in on your affairs.

U.S. residents are entitled to one free credit report per year, so get over to www.annualcreditreport.com or call (877) 322-8228.

This isn’t a scam like they advertise on TV. It’s on the level, and an important part of being a Grown-Ass Man™.

The bright side is that Sony says they hope to get the service back online sometime within the week. They’re not clear on which week they mean, whether it’s the one coming up, or the one before… That whole week when their customers haven’t been able to use their service.

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Kole is a broadcaster, and a podcaster, at heart. Check out his video game podcast at http://www.donttreeriddle.com, and my comedy podcast at http://www.thosedamnrosskids.com.



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