Sony updates PlayStation Network (PSN) credit card security details May 2, 2011

published May 2nd, 2011 | categories: Companies, PlayStation Network | all categories

Sony issued a press release at approximately 1000PST summarizing the extent of data intrusion to PSN user credit card data.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Sony informed PSN users that their credit card data may have been compromised. Reportedly, the individual or group who stole these data were attempting to sell the information back to Sony. In response, Sony officially denounces these reports and goes on to say that “…there is no truth to this report of a list, or that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase the list.

Additionally, while Sony does not store PSN user passwords in an encrypted table, “they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted.” They further clarified “that the passwords were not stored in our database in cleartext form.

If you are contacted by someone claiming that they are from Sony, they are likely attempting to scam or otherwise conduct malicious acts against you. “Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information.” Sony strongly urges that you login to the PSN, when it is restored of course, and change your password. A phased service restoration is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Text from Sony's May 2, 2011 press release

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