The Playstation Network has been cracked into by some evil person and data belonging to thousands of customers has been compromised. More information here: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/04/sonys-black-eye-is-a-pr-problem-not-a-legal-one.ars I have used the Playstation Network to buy a game and play it, but I will not use this network anymore, they need to beef up security before I will trust this company again. The whole PSN network situation is a whole mess that started with the network being accessed by a malicious person and data stolen belonging to maybe millions of gamers. This is due to poor security on the part of Sony, you could brute force the date of birth security question and the passwords and other data were stored as plain-text instead of using a MD5 salted hash to encode the passwords like the MySQL system does. They are as boneheaded as the HB Gary webmasters that had simple passwords for their website and databases. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13192359. [BBC website]. Read Sony`s apology here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13206004 They are really embarrassed with this whole thing and I hope that they learn their lesson from this and do some more work on securing their website from attack. This is the data that is believed to have been stolen:
- Address (city, state/province, zip or postal code)
- E-mail address
- Date of birth
- PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords and login
- Handle/PSN online ID
This is going to affect an unknown amount of users, and since I am one of them, I will be paying attention to my bank statements and watching out for any unwanted transactions. I hope that people do not forget about this in time and go back to Sony again, as this is due to the utter stupidity of the Sony Corporation on top of removing Other OS from PS3 and the infamous Sony rootkit that they distributed on Sony Music CD`s. That is still around and even the Anti-Virus companies are not wanting to fix this, they just do not care even though it can be used to hide malicious software in Windows. I did not even get an E-mail about this at all. That is wrong.