As I'm sure you know, the PlayStation Network has been down for over a week, and Sony today revealed the reason for the outage. There has been a security breach, and user information has been obtained by an unauthorized person.
Below please find our answers to questions you may have about what this means to you, the end user:
Whose information has been stolen?
Assume your data has been taken. Sony has not revealed how many of their estimated 70 million accounts have been compromised, so it's impossible to say for sure, but shutting down the entire PlayStation Network suggests the security breach is large. Also, the company has sent out email to every account holder about the situation.
What information has been stolen?
According to Sony, your name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. Additionally, Sony advises that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.
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