PlayStation Network hack leaves credit card info at risk

Sony thinks an “unauthorized person” now has access to all PlayStation Network account data and passwords, and may have obtained the credit card numbers of the service’s 70 million users, Wired reported April 26.

The PlayStation maker said it believes hackers have access to customers’ vital data, including names, birthdates, physical and e-mail addresses, and PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords, logins, handles and online IDs. Credit card information, purchase histories and other profile data stored on the PlayStation Network servers also could be compromised, the Japanese company said in a blog post April 26. “While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility,” reads the post, which Sony said it will e-mail to all PlayStation Network account holders, as well as users of its Qriocity streaming-media service. “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.” The PlayStation Network, which provides online gameplay and digital game shopping for owners of PlayStation 3 and PSP devices, has been down since April 20, following what Sony called an “illegal intrusion” on its servers. The company said it expects to restore “some services” within a week.