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    PS3 hackers got personal info

    Wow.
    They really pissed them off and now in the on going saga of PSN outage it turns out the people that hacked it got peoples bank details.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13192359
    Sony has warned users of its PlayStation Network that their personal information, including credit card details, may have been stolen.

    The company said that the data might have fallen into the hands of an "unauthorised person" following a hacking attack on its online service.

    Access to the network was suspended last Wednesday, but Sony has only now revealed details of what happened.

    Users are being warned to look out for attempted telephone and e-mail scams.

    In a statement posted on the official PlayStation blog, Nick Caplin, the company's head of communications for Europe, said: "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".

    The blog posting lists the personal information that Sony believes has been taken.

    Name
    Address (city, state/province, zip or postal code)
    Country
    E-mail address
    Date of birth
    PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords and login
    Handle/PSN online ID
    Mr Caplin added: "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.

    "For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information."

    Credit cards
    Sony admitted that credit card information, used to purchase games, films and music, may also have been stolen.

    "While there is no evidence that credit card data was taken at this time, we cannot rule out the possibility," Mr Caplin said.

    "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."

    Sony has not given any indication of how many PlayStation Network users may have had their information taken, but the service has around 70 million members worldwide.

    'PR Disaster'
    The theft of so much detailed customer data would be seen as a "public relations disaster", according to Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos.

    "This is a big one," he told BBC News.

    "The PlayStation Network is a real consumer product. It is in lots of homes all over the world.

    "The impact of this could be much greater than your typical internet hack."

    Mr Cluley warned that, even without credit card details, the information taken was enough to help criminals carry out further attacks on other services.

    "Some people will use the same passwords on other sites. If I was a hacker right now, I would be taking those e-mail addresses and trying those passwords," he said.

    User anger

    Some streaming media services available on PlayStation have been affected by the outage
    PlayStation users got their first indication that something was wrong with the service when it became unavailable on Wednesday 20 April.

    In the following days, Sony issued three brief statements asking users to be patient while it investigated an "external intrusion", or hack.

    However, the fact that it took almost seven days for the company to reveal that data had been taken has angered some gamers.

    Commenting on the Sony blog, Tacotaskforce wrote: "You waited a week to tell us our personal information was compromised? That should have been said last Thursday."

    Another user Sid4peeps wrote: "This update is about 6 days late. I think it is time to move to the other network, no regard for customers here."

    But some PlayStation users appeared to be happy with Sony's handling of the matter. Ejsponge61 commented: "Wow, this is alot of info. Thanks, this is very much appreciated by all of us PlayStation fans."

    The Sony PlayStation Network remains unavailable to users. The company has not said when service will be restored.
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    Not that anyone used it in the first place.
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    I think you will find that a lot of people did.


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    I used it, but not with credit/debit cards. Just another pyschotic retard [The Hacker
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    I know one thing about this and that is that Sony are now in the shit over it.


    Also the bloke that invented the Playstation died recently.


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    Yeah I'm a ps3 gamer and it sucks and to think that it was ****in hackers man.
    Here is also the email I received from Sony just Yesterday

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    I'm not necessarily pissed over not being able to game online but rather how can a million/billion dollar company such as Sony
    let their system be hacked and customers information stolen [possibly].

    The wii [nintendo] always being bashed on by fanboys and other gaming companies and look the wii has never been done like this over hackers. The fanboys to have been pissing me off saying that "oh we finally beat ps3 gamers blah blah" and that "they deserved it"

    How in the ****s name is having someones personal information funny? Whats worse is that grown men along with teenagers
    are into this fanboy bullshit.
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    What is the deal with fanboys? I used to be a fan of Nintendo, but I feel the need to move on because I don't want to continue playing small games. I'll move back until Nintendo grows up (especially with the Wii's kiddie s***).

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    Get used to them. They will never go away


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