Hackers steal bank details of PlayStation Network users

Posted on April 26, 2011 by

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Sony has released a statement warning its 77 million worldwide customers that their credit card details could have been stolen by hackers.

The attack, which is believed to have taken place between the 17th and 19th April 2011 has meant that PlayStation Network, used for online gaming, has lost huge volumes of sensitive customer data.

An email to be sent to PlayStation Network account holders reads: “Certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.”

PlayStation 3 owner and online gamer Shaun Willows, from St Albans, posted on Twitter: “I hate you Sony!!! Now I am potentially facing credit card fraud and identity theft coz of your incompetence.”

Many gamers have become frustrated over the past six days as the withdrawal of service coincided with the Easter break, leaving users without the ability to download films, music or games from the network.

Now on top of that users will be fearful that their personal data has been stolen, potentially including their credit card details.

Patrick Seybold, a Senior Director at Sony said: “We have a clear path to have PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems back online, and expect to restore some services within a week.”

“We’re working day and night to ensure it is done as quickly as possible.”

Cyber group Anonymous has been linked to the attacks after threatening Sony last month for taking the hackers who discovered the secrets behind the PlayStation 3 security software to court. Anonymous posted on its website: “Having trodden upon Anonymous’ rights, you must now be trodden on.”

Anonymous is yet to confirm whether or not it is behind the attacks.

One source from within the gaming industry said: “I don’t think Anonymous is behind these attacks, it’s not like them to steal customer data, they’re more likely to just break in and cause problems for the big companies.”

“I personally don’t believe PSN users should worry about the attack, with nearly 100 million users worldwide it’s unlikely that, if the hackers use the bank details, they’ll pick on you. You’ve got more chance of winning the lottery.”

PSN account holders have been advised to change their password as soon as service is resumed.

Photo by Nils Jorgensen / Rex Features (625473v)

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