Breaking news – Sony broke the silence and posted an alarming report: it looks that between April 17 and April 19 ”certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.” followed by the alarming:
“Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. 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. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, 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.”
Unfortunately there is nothing to be done at this point other than to be on watch for fishing e-mails, unauthorized purchases, etc. There is still no update about when the system will be back online, however with an external security team called to audit, you can expect Sony will need to make some changes to tighten up PSN’s security and that might take longer than just another week. However, waiting a week to announce that our credit cards might be compromised is borderline criminal.
Check the entire announcement from Sony. Believe me, it is no joke!