PlayStation Network hacker gained access to millions of gamers' personal data, Sony reveals

As if not being able to play any Call of Duty games online wasn’t bad enough, now millions of gamers’ personal information may have been compromised. Sony announced today that its PlayStation Network service — which has been down since April 20 due to an “external intrusion” — was infiltrated by “an unauthorized person” who gained access to gamers’ names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdays, logins, and passwords. Although Sony says there’s no evidence that users’ credit card data was stolen, the company says it cannot rule out the possibility. The PlayStation Network, which allows PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable users to download and play games, movies, and music online, serves a reported 77 million accounts worldwide, making this one of the largest breaches of personal identity data ever.

Today’s statement marked Sony’s first official announcement regarding the security breach since the PlayStation Network went dark last Wednesday. The company has hired a security firm to investigate the break-in, and expects to restore “some services within a week.” For the time being, Sony recommends PlayStation Network users to pay close attention to any e-mail, phone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal information, and to monitor their account statements and credit reports. Plus Portal 2‘s single-player campaign is just begging to be revisited.

PlayStation gamers, how have you been coping with the outage? And has this security breach made anyone consider switching to the Xbox 360?

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  • frank

    thank alot, sony!

  • joblo

    This is why I hate using the internet for commerce.

    • the fax machine is nothing but a waffle iron with a phone attached to it

      Yep, before the Internet, nobody ever had money stolen or scammed away…

      PS I sure enjoy my X-box!

      • Adam

        Whenever I think “hacker-proof”, Microsoft comes to mind.

  • Aldo

    No im still 100 percent sony fanboy

  • Steph

    Thank you Sony for waiting a week to tell us our personal information has been compromised.

    It’s just unbelievable.

    Only plus side is now I’m forced to study for finals. Ha.

    • jekudo

      Staying with PS3. 360’s red ring is way worse than having to deal with this! At least the Blueray works still…how’s yours working Xbox players? :-p

      • Mackey

        You PS3/Xbox players fighting are even more immature than the fans in the Twilight/Harry Potter debate.

      • BlackIrish4094

        360 hasn’t had a RROD death problem for a couple of years unless you buy an older unit. Their new slimmer, black units are whisper quiet, ru nat half the power and half the heat and is actually quieter than the PS3. I own both. @jekudo, you’re just a loser dude, like no one has a stand alone blu-ray even if you don’t have a PS3? Nerd…

      • Me so sorry

        LOL, who watches blu ray anyway? It’s a dying medium. Enjoy paying for your blu rays doofus!

      • Color Me Impressed

        @Mackey: Twilight vs. Harry Potter isn’t even a debate! Twilight is a mindless guilty pleasure for naive tween girls and their sexually-repressed, romantically-starved housewife mothers. The Harry Potter series is a literary masterpiece.

  • Jason

    Glad I never paid for anything on my PS3!

    • PS3 Rocks!

      Me too!

  • MhM

    so lame….

  • eduardo

    This is really bad but I will never switch to the X-box! Mass Effect is on the PS3 so I will not change!

  • Damian

    It was Geohotz. He just wanted to prove he could, and mod a PS3. He didn’t steal stuff.

    • Adam

      Is that so? Would you like to see the fraudulent charges on my credit card? Luckily I caught it within a few days. Most probably weren’t as lucky- and if they used a debit card for PSN, it’s going to be months before they get their money back. “Didn’t steal anything” my ass.

  • Danny

    I agree that Sony should’ve told us about our personal information being hacked sooner. I’m also still loyal to Playstation and I always will be(sorry, Xbox but the Playstation has better games).

  • Who Craig?

    What the Hell is playstation? /sarcasm

    • Jetty151

      I Think Microsoft is behind this, HATE XBox!!!

      • Kevin

        no it got hacked a hacker group called anonymous thats what i heard at least

  • Cole

    Now my question is who was the hacker, how did they get in, and can they be caught?

    • D’s Advocate

      Yeah, those are most people’s questions.

      • Perry

        you’d have a better chance catching a wild Charizard than catching this cyber criminal. my guess is if they are smart enough to hack the PS network, its fair to say that they are also smart enough to allude the authorities. Chalk this one up as a loss but if you actively monitor your postal records as well as your financials you’ll be better off

  • Rocky Goff

    cant swap to a 360. red rings just not worth it and the first party games on the ps3 is way too good

  • shamonfrom the bx

    GEARS OF WAR 3 BETA HELPS KEEPS ME BUSY

  • jack

    Good thing i put in fake detail :p

  • Duder

    Hurry up and fix it I want to shoot my friends again hahah thank
    Goodness I never bought anything hahah I’m safe I hope

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