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April 28, 2011

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Sony Playstation Security Breach

For the 77 million users of the Playstation Network, Sony said their names, addresses, birthdates, and username and password data were likely stolen.

Company officials said they are still trying to determine whether users’ credit card numbers were taken. Sony said it learned of the breach on April 19 and immediately shut down the network.

Many customers are angry and concerned about their information being stolen, but one user said he is just taking this as another example of why we all need to be cautious with our personal information.

Erik Shultz is not a compulsive gamer, but he enjoys the social aspect of Sony’s Playstation Network and interacting with millions of others.

But he said he is not as upset as some people that the network is down after a huge security breach.

“It’s like how do you get upset about something that you’re not paying a premium price to use, and then there was a lot of negative comments about well I’ll go buy an Xbox. Well that seems counter-intuitive,” he said.

Shultz believes this is another reason people need to get more savvy about releasing personal information, and maybe gamers need to start using new methods to play.

“You can also play devil’s advocate and go ok well if I don’t want to give them my credit card then I can’t use that service. That’s not true either. You can go to any store and pick up an iTunes gift card, and you can do the same thing with a Playstation Network card,” said Shultz.

For Sony, which has built its brand around online gaming, this is a blow to its reputation and bottom line if people start to second guess the safety of online payment channels.

But Shultz said having hackers put the current systems to the test can result in even better service for us all.

“It’s one more way for them to find out that the system is as good as they thought it was… or vice versa.”

It took six days before Sony notified customers of the breach, but officials said their company wasn’t aware of the full impact until this week.

If you’re a Sony Playstation Network customer, monitor your credit card activity closely and contact your credit card provider immediately if you see anything suspicious.

By TUQUYEN MACH as seen on WSAV.
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