Sony said that the sensitive user data might have fallen into the hands of an “unauthorised person” following a hacking attack on its online service.
Last Wednesday, PlayStation Network was down and sony refused to comment on the issue. Well, they have now warned their Users to look out for attempted telephone and e-mail scams.
In a statement posted on the official PlayStation blog, Nick Caplin, the company’s head of communications for Europe, said: “We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network”.
The blog posting lists the personal information that Sony believes has been taken.
- Address (city, state/province, zip or postal code)
- E-mail address
- Date of birth
- PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords and login
- Handle/PSN online ID
Mr Caplin added: “It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained.
“For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information.”
Besides the above said, Sony also indicated that the Credit Card information of a User may have also been stolen.
In a statement,Mr Caplin said “While there is no evidence that credit card data was taken at this time, we cannot rule out the possibility.”
“If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, to be on the safe side we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may also have been obtained.”
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