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PlayStation Network customers have had their personal information and possibly credit cards stolen. Sony just now decided to tell them after six days of service outage for undisclosed reasons.
Playstation Network and billing system has been down for six days, company just now decide to let users know the worst

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC has just announced some very bad news for Playstation Network (PSN) users (accessible via the PlayStation 3 and PSP) who have made purchases -- they have had their personal info and possibly credit card numbers stolen.

Writes Sony:
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.
Sony contracted a cloud services provider, Qriocity to manage its customers' data.  Sound familiar?  That's not surprising.  In recent months email relationship firms Epsilon and SilverPop suffered similar data breaches, losing personal information of customers of Krogers, Walgreens, Best Buy, Chase Bank, and more.

But this recent breach is arguably the worse yet, given just how much data is said to have been stolen and the possibility that credit card data was stolen.

Sony states:
We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience.
But, it writes that customers are now responsible for monitoring their credit card statements and credit stores to watch for any damage.  In short the message reads something like, "Sorry guys, but you're on your own now!"

According to outraged commenters the PSN has been down for six days now, but Sony is just now owning up to the fact that there was a massive security breach.  Secondary sources point to the network being down since at least April 21.

One must wonder how many more companies will see their customers violated before tech firms start to get the idea that handing valuable data to small third-party providers might not be the best idea.  It may be cheap, but as these recent incidents show, the utter lack of security and accountability can lead to many a nightmare.

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Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/26/2011 6:25:07 PM , Rating: -1
How long into the investigation before they figure out Microsoft is behind this? They had to do something after that Kinect failure. Free Xbox Live Gold weekend huh? What a coincidence. Hmmm...

RE: Sounds fishy...
By Smilin on 4/26/2011 6:43:30 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, would love to have a paranoid hyperbole riddled fanboi fight but I'm too busy...

Busy watching Netflix without any auth loop and using my utter failure of a Kinect controller to see that one part again. "Xbox, rewind..faster....Play"...ah there we go...try that with your glowing dildo.

When I'm done I think I'll play Portal 2 co-op again (yeah everyone on XBL already finished it'll get to start in a week or two hopefully).

I'll give you fanboi props though... That free Xbox Live Gold weekend might not be a coincidence at all. Maybe you should check it out once you're done setting up monitoring on your credit reports.

RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/26/2011 8:02:09 PM , Rating: 1
LOL. Thanks man. You obviously aren't that busy. You waved your hand 4 or 5 times to get Kinect to react and pause Star Trek so you could respond to my post.

You and I both know that Kinect is worthless for Netflix and gaming altogether. Honestly...isn't it easier to just use a remote or a controller to rewind and pause your movie?

I checked my credit card acct already, I'm safe. Still not enough to make me buy a 360 though. LOL.

RE: Sounds fishy...
By themaster08 on 4/27/2011 2:41:08 AM , Rating: 2
Only in a blind fanboy's world is the fastest selling electronic gadget of all time considered as a failure.

Honestly...isn't it easier to just use a remote or a controller to rewind and pause your movie?
Honestly...isn't it easier to just use a pen and paper to write a letter instead of using a computer?

Maybe you can use this time off from gaming to realise what a jackass you are.

RE: Sounds fishy...
By Alexvrb on 4/26/2011 7:53:36 PM , Rating: 2
Man just when I thought Pirks had the market cornered on fanboytrollery, you show up!

RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/26/2011 8:09:01 PM , Rating: 1
You kidding? Pirks got nothing on me. Wait. Who is Pirks?

RE: Sounds fishy...
By B3an on 4/27/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/27/2011 4:17:26 AM , Rating: 1
Wow. The most fastest selling, utterly useless gaming device ever.

What do you use yours for? Gaming? No. There's only so much dancing a guy can do.

So you paid 150 hard earned dollars just to say "Xbox pause, Xbox rewind?" Seriously? Wow. All I can say is...good job Microsoft.

"It you build it, 10 million 360 owning idiots will buy it."

RE: Sounds fishy...
By themaster08 on 4/27/2011 8:44:05 AM , Rating: 2
Wow. The most fastest selling, utterly useless gaming device ever.
The PlayStation 3 has been nothing but an absolute failure for Sony (with the exception of pushing the BluRay format), considering their previous consoles were both all-time best sellers.

Sony's lack of innovation has really showed in this round. Their PSN has tried so hard to replicate the quality of Xbox Live, with now offering PlayStation Plus, and successes of the Wii, with its use of PlayStation Move.

Sony had something great with the iToy. They failed to really capitalise on that, instead they tried to impress the likes of people like you, with the same old ZOMG 7-corezzz attitude, and look where it has got them.

This PSN debacle will severely tarnish Sony's reputation in the console space. Their response to the situation has been dire. But you continue to blindly defend your console as though it is a member of your family, like a good little sheep.

The market for casual games is much larger in terms of audience than your little world of Call of Duty and Uncharted, my friend. With the massive success of the Wii, pinning the way for the vast smartphone gaming industry we are seeing, now becoming a threat to your "hardcore" gaming.

If name calling and mockery of successes and disregarding the failures of Sony help you to sleep at night, then feel free to do so to your heart's content. However, the harsh reality for you, my friend, is that it makes absolutely no difference.
Nintendo and casual game designers will be laughing all the way to the bank, while you're still throthing at the mouth.

RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/27/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sounds fishy...
By bfellow on 4/27/2011 2:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
I have a PS3. There's no freaking way I'll buy a Move. It's basically a Wii clone that looks like an ice cream cone.

RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/27/2011 3:07:32 PM , Rating: 1
"I have a PS3. There's no freaking way I'll buy a Move. It's basically a Wii clone that looks like an ice cream cone." already have a Wii? Yes? No? Is the shape a determining factor in your decision or maybe you don't like motion gaming or...maybe you had a traumatic experience with ice cream cones, or...


I have 2 move controllers and I have never had a Wii. I haven't used them lately as I've been a bit too lazy, but I will in the near future. They are extremely accurate and add another dimension to HD gaming, unlike Project Natal, which is limited and a COMPLETE FAILURE AS A GAMING DEVICE.

The move controller also acts as a very capable remote control for nerds to use while watching Star Trek. It can even do so from the other room, without the use of the Playstation Eye.

As far as this PSN debacle goes, it will pass. No system is safe from hacking. Sony will correct this and bounce back. Playstation Move supported software will continue to grow.

Kinect will continue to be a flailing disappointment.

RE: Sounds fishy...
By themaster08 on 4/27/2011 3:46:05 PM , Rating: 1
Calm down, my friend. The ongoing successes of the Xbox 360, Kinect and Wii are nothing to get all hot and flustered about. I realise you need another outlet now you're unable to play Call of Duty online, but this is not the healthy way.

Perhaps you should try getting laid, whilethe PS3 continues to be an absolute failure :)

RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/27/2011 5:27:44 PM , Rating: 1
LOL...Its cool man. I ain't mad at all. You ever heard of single player offline games or inviting a friend over for some 2 player competition? We are sooo spoiled by the internet and online gaming nowadays. Unlike some,I can wait patiently until Sony sorts things out and to the other end, my beautiful lady eases all my stress, not Sony.

(LOL...Kinect is still worthless though.) OK? LOL. Peace man.

RE: Sounds fishy...
By Strunf on 4/28/2011 12:37:12 PM , Rating: 3
If you are spoiled by the Internet or online gaming WTF are you doing with a PS3, Xbox or wii? a PC is just way better at both...

RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/28/2011 8:30:01 PM , Rating: 2
Kind of a stupid question, but I'll answer it.

I meant "we as in this generation of gamers are spoiled by online gaming", but you obviously couldn't figure that out on your own.

I don't feel its feasible to keep upgrading my "gaming rig" every time some new game comes out with higher pc graphics card requirements. I am a console gamer because I prefer 10 yr consoles over the declining PC gaming market. Its just much easier to play games on a console for most people than constantly trying to match specs for PC configurations. PC gaming is dead to me anyway. I don't play any of that role playing wizardy nerdy crap, I am mostly a sports gamer. Is that answer ok with you?

RE: Sounds fishy...
By Strunf on 4/29/2011 8:23:15 AM , Rating: 2
This thing of constant upgrade need for PCs is a myth... the PS3 came out like 5 years ago, a decent PC from back then can still play today's games. There's no miracles, PC games support much higher resolutions, more effects, and other options than ANY console game, your hardware is frozen in time and as such your games can't really improve that much, PC games on the other hand keep getting better and of course if you want to push all the options to highest then your PC has to be a good one, if you push everything to low then you have the PS3/Xbox360 quality that even a $400 PC can run.

Also PC games tend to be at least 20% cheaper than console games...

RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/29/2011 2:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
Are there any ONLINE OR OFFLINE sports games on PC? No? Let's move on then. OK?



RE: Sounds fishy...
By Strunf on 4/29/2011 8:02:12 PM , Rating: 2
hmm dude stop the weed... there are PLENTY of Online/offline sports games on PC, seriously where did you get the idea that there isn't?...

You life is made of myths... maybe you should open the windows some times and see the world for yourself!

RE: Sounds fishy...
By crazyblackman on 4/29/2011 11:58:22 PM , Rating: 1
I don't give a really give a damn about hockey AT ALL.

Name one CURRENT non browser based NFL football game on PC.

Name one CURRENT non browser based boxing game on PC.

I am already aware of NBA2k11 on PC, but I still would rather play it on a console.

Name one reason why you're not completely full of shit and not worth me responding to.

RE: Sounds fishy...
By Reclaimer77 on 4/27/2011 9:36:30 PM , Rating: 2
The market for casual games is much larger in terms of audience than your little world of Call of Duty and Uncharted, my friend.

Yeah well, Lady Gaga sells more than Led Zeppelin. Just cause a bunch of kids push sales in a market, doesn't mean it's good or better.

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