Wednesday, April 27, 2011


PLAYSTATION have admitted that the credit card details for their 77 million users could have been stolen after one of the largest computer hacking crimes in history.
Sony could be forced to pay out billions after a a huge breach of their online network which allowed the thefts of the names and addresses of it's users. A post on a company blog said hackers obtained user names, passwords, logins, security questions and potentially credit card numbers.

Sony said it believed hackers had taken people's names, addresses, e-mails and date of births, all of which could be used to steal money, or create new bank accounts with other people's details.  
Despite the network being down since last Wednesday the company only announced the extent of the breach yesterday. 
A spokesman said it took 'several days of forensic investigation' after learning of the breach before the company knew consumers' data had been compromised.
The people behind the attacks remain unknown although some are pointing the finger at the Anonymous group which hacked companies who hindered Wikileaks earlier this year.
They have denied responsibility.
Sony said it saw no evidence that credit card numbers were stolen, but warned users it could not rule out the possibility.
A spokesman said: "Out of an abundance of caution, we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."
They added that they have an 'outside recognized security firm' to investigate.

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