Sony data theft hits over 70m Playstation users

27th April 2011 by Alex Davies | News & Events

Playstation users first noticed an issue had arisen when the service became unavailable on 20th April, but now Sony has warned gamers that their data has been compromised following a hacking attack on its online service. A number of users’ details have said to have been stolen, including name, address and credit card information.

In a statement posted on the official Playstation blog, Nick Caplin, the company’s head of communications for Europe, said: “We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network”.

“For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information”.

“If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, to be on the safe side we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may also have been obtained.”

This appears to be one of the largest breaches in security to ever hit the electronics company. We’re interested to see how this affects Sony’s user base of  gamers in the future.

More information regarding this can be found here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13192359

 

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