Security Bulletin: Sony Playstation Network Announces Data Breach

The SONY Corporation announced that 70 million consumers around the world have had personal data compromised in the latest major data-security breach, according to media reports.

As of April 27, 2011, SONY indicates that they have not yet completed a full damage evaluation. They have however indicated that they believe no consumer credit or debit card data was compromised.

Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications for SONY Computer Entertainment America wrote about the breach on the company’s blog:

“Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided,” wrote Seybold. Information like name, address, country, email address, birth date and game ID and passwords were compromised, he said. “It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address…and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained…. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility,” he added.

Because they cannot rule out the possibility at this point in time, Sony recommended in an official statement that users place fraud alerts on their credit card accounts through the three major U.S. credit bureaus.

SONY’s online network was launched in the autumn of 2006 and offers games, music and movies to people with PlayStation consoles. As of March 20, 2011 SONY reportedly had 77 million registered users. If you are a registered user and use your Utah Community Credit Union credit or debit card on your SONY Playstation account, please call us and we will replace your card free of charge.Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided,” wrote Seybold. Information like name, address, country, email address, birth date and game ID and passwords were compromised, he said. “It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address…and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained…. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility,” he added.

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