Sony's latest status update about the Playstation Network, which has been down since April 21 sounds like a bomb explosion. In the status update Sony says that "certain PSN and Qriocity service user account information was compromised" during an illegal intrusion between April 17 and April 19. Among the personal data that was accessed:
"Aname, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It's 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. If you've authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained."
Sony explains that "While there's no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you've provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we're advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."
Sony is encouraging people to "remain vigilant" to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We're providing the following information for those who wish to consider it:
U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.
Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below.
Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
[Source: Playstation blog]