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Governments Concerned Over Data Breach in PSNGovernments Concerned Over Data Breach in PSN

Governments Concerned Over Data Breach in PSNGovernments Concerned Over Data Breach in PSN

Added: Monday, May 2nd, 2011
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After a week of the outage in PlayStation network, it appeared that the fears started intensifying over the massive information breach involving 70 million stolen credit cards. Once a class action lawsuit was filed against the company, the US and UK governments have also expressed concern over the issue.


US Senator Richard Blumenthal was first to send a letter with his concerns connected with the information breach. Meanwhile, it appeared that the US government was not alone in voicing concerns, as the UK Information Commissioner’s Office was also quick to contact Sony over the same issue. This watchdog office explained that it takes information protection breaches very seriously, which means that any company processing personal data in the country must comply with the law, which includes keeping the information secure.

Even after this, fears over stolen information kept growing, with security expert Graham Cluely going as far as saying that the users of PlayStation network should cancel their credit cards. He explains that the fraudsters will not wait long before starting exploiting the data. Thus, the users should act right now if they want to minimize the negative consequences of the hack. At least, changing online passwords will be a good idea, as well as informing the bank that the credit cards may be compromised.

Indeed, Visa agreed with the expert, recommending its cardholders to keep a close eye on their credit card activities and report any unusual activity to the issuing bank, and noting that those cardholders who turn out to be innocent victims of fraud will get their money back. However, it’s unclear why Visa wants its cardholders to wait until money has been stolen first. Actually, there are a few reports confirming that the money has already begun vanishing from the compromised credit cards. Several people have posted their experience of having $200 to $300 taken from the debit cards, blessing their banks’ fraud departments that had caught them right away and called the cardholders to notify of suspicious transactions. All of them had to cancel their cards and order new ones to transfer their money from previous accounts into.

Meanwhile, Sony failed to apologize for the inconveniences or provide a distinct explanation of the issue. Now it is unclear whether the gamers would return to the network after the situation is sorted out.

May 2nd,2011

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Date:  Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-05-02 18:51:49)
downsouthballa avatarlooks like sony will lose alot of money over this hack..i'm glad i have xbox

posted by (2011-05-02 23:33:53)
Joypadder avatarnone of that is true at all .. sony have repeatedly said sorry for the outage and the security breech .
So, passwords weren't stored in clear text so hackers probably don't have our passwords, CC details were encrypted so hackers won't have those either...

All they got was name, address etc which can be found anywhere else.

posted by Blocked (2011-05-03 00:17:03)
menahunie avatarOne poster clearly misses the point of all this - saying sorry does not resolve anything..
Why did Sony keep all this private information accessible via their network when any company has it separate from something similar? Lazy? Saving money?
Even if information is encrypted as the poster states; THEN WHY IS SONY FREAKING OUT THEN?
Why has Sony not come out and stated don't worry everything was encrypted and it is safe?
The real possibility is Sony many not know how long the breach went on; how long information and access went on...
There again is a good chance Sony doesn't really know what and how much information was taken; maybe including the algorithm for un encrypting information.
This isn't some script kiddy sitting in mommy's basement that did this...
I'll bet there is allot more going on than what is being stated by Sony..

posted by (2011-05-03 00:52:39)
Joypadder avatarwhat more can they do other than say sorry and advise us to change passwords and worse case cancel cc .

i get your point 100% but they cant say oh its fine its not i agree with you it should not have been on the same servers but as a precaution. they have to say if you are really worried get a new CC . they have used some of the highest encryption available so its going to be a very big task to unencrypted it most of this is standard protocol . Sony is freaking out because there secure network was breeched in a very big way ( i say secure but look at what's happened lol) i have not missed the point at all im a huge ps3 xbox and pc gamer so i have been following this from the start.
. but of course there is a lot they wont tell us . its not info that was taken its the info the hackers had access to .

i have to admit my first post looks like im just a fanboy when im not im pointing out some of the real facts

posted by (2011-05-03 03:50:40)
No avatarYou all fail to get the obvious, doesn't matter how secure the encrytion is, if the person who obtained the data was an actual member and already knew what one credit card number was, pretty simple to decrypt from that point. RIGHT!?!?!? The hell with sony, and their GAYSTATION. Oh woh is me, I can't play video games whaa....

posted by (2011-05-03 03:55:14)
No avatarNext thing sony is going to do is blame the earth quake on hackers too. Bottom line is they are responsible for protecting it's customers information, PERIOD! They failed to do this, therefore they are liable.

posted by (2011-05-03 13:34:26)
Joypadder avatarhahaha grow up dude .. i suggest you go out and read some of the news about it .. do i sound like im whining about not being able to play online no im just pointing out some things in teh article are wrong . did i say it smart of sony to keep all the info on 1 server .. no i said it was stupid and it was .point is the hackers really do not have much info at all . so you fail to miss the obvious points that i have made .. maybe next time read my entire post on nt just the first line ... idiot.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2011-05-04 05:44:16)
trialNerror avatarI agree with Joypadder. A company as big as Sony would not keep any personal data of any sort in plain text. That would be asking for a lawsuit right there. Dumb as it might have been to have it all stored on the same servers (probably to save money), it was encrypted. Maybe as much as 256-bit encryption.

If you want to know how long the breach has been going on, you'd be amazed at the answer. I'm not going too far out on a limb here, but outsiders have had access to it for almost 2 years. Those outsiders have even tried to tell Sony about the leaks in the security system, but Sony ignored it and focused more on software/hardware development.

I have no proof of this, but it makes sense to me, this hack was done by those outsiders as a way to teach Sony a lesson. If anything, we should thank those folks because when the PSN is back up and running it will be completely redone with more advanced security measures operating.

posted by (2011-05-05 02:26:48)
No avatarwow joypadder you are full of yourself aren't you, truth in matter, could really careless what your post said, My comments were general not pointed directly at anyone, I was simply commenting on how easy it would be to break the encrytion if the perpitrators CC was part of the database, there is a relation to the CC data and user, if you know what the actual cc number is and find it in the database, pow there is your decrypt algo... guess your just a gamer, as I stated before, could really careless if your a gamer, lamer, or flamer, gee that rhymed a poet and didn't know it.... F. T. F. W. One O*ama down, one to go...

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