We haven’t been talking about it much on GC because it makes us too depressed, but a few days ago, Sony sent an e-mail out to PlayStation Network users saying that hackers broke into their system and stole people’s personal information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, birthdays, usernames and passwords, and credit card information.
The latest update in this developing story is the straw that’s cutting my credit card in half: per Destructoid, there’s a rumor going around that hackers have come forward saying that they have the information, and that they’re looking to sell it. Personally, I don’t care at this point whether it’s actually true or not; the bottom line is that, if you’re a PSN user, there’s a reasonable chance that your credit card information is being bought and sold by hackers. Better to make the phone call to cancel it/order a new one than to discover at the supermarket that your card’s been maxed out with online donkey porn purchases that you didn’t even make, IMO.
On the plus side, Sony went out of its way to assure everyone that their Trophy collections are still A-OK. Phew.
No! If my credit card is maxed out, how will I be able to import obscure video games for the purposes of writing comedic reviews about them?
Sony, it’s over. The PlayStation 3 has been a huge disappointment. I know that this was beyond your control, but had you had a better team, this information about leaks and stolen details may have been revealed sooner. You’re not a disgrace, but your slothness is disgraceful, and it saddens me what has happened and what you have become. Microsoft this round, Nintendo for the next.
While it is pretty bad, especially the amount of time it took for them to get back to us, keep in mind a few things. The group that came forward is most likely bs. I can’t remember the name and I was just looking at it. Anonymous already said it was not them, although would they really admit it? The hacker did not get your cards security code. They did not get your social. Those aren’t stored. Don’t keep any of your passwords the same and change them often. Just keep an eye on your accounts and be careful.
There are too many confusing factors in this. It is true what you say Jon, and they do not have all the details needed for getting money from a bank account. But the group who came forward are hackers, supposedly, and hackers have ways of getting security codes and other details. It’s a risk, even though nothing can be proved. I’m pissed off with Sony either way, although not all of this could be helped.