Monday, April 25, 2011

Hackers Penetrate Sony's PlayStation Network

Hackers have penetrated Sony's PlayStation Network and potentially access to personal information and credit card data of tens of millions of accounts. Sony's PlayStation Network enables users of the PlayStation 3 console to join online games, download content and watch streaming movies from Netflix.

In a blog posting, Sony said the intrusion occurred between April 19 and April 19. Data compromised includes: name, address, country, email, birthdate, login, password and online profile/ID. It is also possible that the intruder(s) stole the users' credit card number, expiration date, purchase history, billing address and answers to security challenge questions.

Sony has temporarily turned off its PlayStation Network and Qtriocity services. It has also hired an outside security firm to conduct a forensic analysis of the attack.

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