Sony unsure if PlayStation Network user data was stolen

Sony has yet to determine if customers’ personal information and credit card details have been stolen as part of an external intrusion into its system that has left its PlayStation network inaccessible for 5 days.

“Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure,” a Sony spokesman blogged April 24. “Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.” The day before, he said Sony systems suffered an “external intrusion” that required the PlayStation Network and the related Qriocity services to be taken offline April 20. He said April 24 Sony had no update or estimate when service might be restored. According to PCWorld, members of Sony’s public relations team said the company has not yet determined if personal information or payment card data of PlayStation Network users was exposed. The intrusion follows months of criticism by some PlayStation fans over Sony’s legal dragnet of hackers who jailbroke the popular game console so it would run apps and games not officially sanctioned by Sony. Critics argued that Sony’s aggressive litigation has targeted hackers for publicly speaking about jailbreaks to hardware they legally purchased. It is still unclear who is behind the PlayStation Network attack, which is affecting about 70 million registered users.