Sony PSN Hacked, Your Personal Information Gets Nabbed

Sony PSN Hacked, Your Personal Information Gets Nabbed

Anthony Nguyen
Apr 27, 2011

Hey, it's Spring password cleaning time! Okay, okay - you got us. There's no such thing. But not a bad idea, right? Well, probably really good idea if you have a Playstation account with Sony. Their network just got broken into over the weekend and man, what a mess. The full scoop, with additional tips to protect yourself in the future, after the jump!

Sony's Playstation Network got compromised last weekend by a bunch of hackers 'maliciously' breaking in and taking down their servers. Not only did the entire network go down for several days, but Sony recently confirmed that the hackers managed to get a hold of any personal information that was held on those servers as well.

Here's just a handful of the personal information that was taken if you had an account with them:

  • Name
  • Shipping address
  • Billing address
  • Country
  • E-mail address
  • Birthdate
  • PSN/Qriocity ID
  • PSN/Qriocity password
  • PSN/Qriocity security question and answer
  • Purchase history

The worst part? We're hearing reports that none of this data was encrypted. None. Zero. That's almost like syncing a TXT file containing your passwords over Dropbox (a pretty bad idea), keeping your TurboTax info on an unencrypted flash drive (even worse), or sending inappropriate photos of yourself to your boss via company e-mail (sorry, we really can't help you here).

All in all, even if you don't have an account with Sony, you're probably better off changing your password to something else since you never know when you've been accidentally phished or hacked without knowing. I had originally planned to pick up a Sony Move this weekend, but I guess this will be on my to-do list instead.

More Password Protection Tips:
Resetting Your OS X User Account Password
The Striptease Password Protection
How to Create Secure and Memorable Network Passwords

(Via Engadget)

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