Sony PlayStation Network downtime continues; personal data in jeopardy?

Sony PlayStation Network downtime continues; personal data in jeopardy?

Summary: As the Sony PlayStation Network blackout continues into almost five days of downtime, there could be more problems than we think.

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As the Sony PlayStation Network blackout continues into almost five days of downtime, there could be more problems than we realize.

The PSN outage started last Wednesday night, and even as of Saturday, Sony reps didn't have many answers as to what is going on. Here's what we do know:

What we don't know? Whether or not personal data attached to PSN accounts (used for things like Music Unlimited subscriptions, buying games, movies, etc.) is at risk. Sony Computer Entertainment rep Satoshi Fukuoka informed PC World that "the company has not yet determined if the personal information or credit card numbers of users have been compromised."

We could be looking at something much more serious than just a week or so without access to a network that caters to gaming console owners. And if the worst case scenario happens (i.e. all of that data ends up in the wrong hands), Sony could have a lot of furious customers around the world angry soon. All we can do for now is hope for the best...which isn't really very reassuring.

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  • They must be

    They must be using amazons cloud service that vanished about the same time. LOL
    Stan57
  • A few facts:

    1. Sony UK said that personal information was not at risk.<br>2. Only one site that claims to be "the operations center of Anonymous" also claimed that Anonymous was not responsible, but "Anonymous" is not an altogether organized group, despite the claims by the site. In essense, people claiming to belong to "Anonymous" operate as a headless entity under the guise of being organized.<br>3. Sony's current downtime is caused by actual maintenance to investigate, fix, and prevent future instances of, the attack. The actual attack happened around last Wednesday, and within 48 hrs Sony had pulled the plug on PSN for repairs.
    4. Sony US has publicly said there is no current ETA information as of yet. More info will be forthcoming.
    Joe_Raby
  • RE: Sony PlayStation Network downtime continues; personal data in jeopardy?

    This may be just a test against a low value target. It does not seem to have any purpose. If the PSN which has (I presume) average security, can be punked like that, what's next in line?
    opcom