Users of the PlayStation Network, an online game and music service utilized by approximately 77 million owners worldwide of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable video game devices, may be at risk for identity theft.
The network was targeted by an “illegal intrusion,” which was discovered by Sony on April 19. Services have been unavailable since April 20, and yesterday Sony announced that personal information – including names, addresses, email addresses, birthdates, and PlayStation Network passwords and logins – have been obtained by the unauthorized person or persons responsible. Other data, including purchase history and billing addresses, may also have been obtained.
Sony says that there is no evidence that credit card data was stolen, but the company 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,” the company said in a statement yesterday.
For more information about identity theft and steps that you can take to defend against it, visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/
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