Looks like it should be an exciting time this year at E3.
Codename 47 is back in "Hitman Absolution". The game is currently scheduled for 2012, but it looks like we'll see a demo coming out of E3. The teaser is a few days old, but I figured the frontpage needed something more then just PSN
I know some of our members play Xbox 360 and PS3 online, and for those that have a PSN account there is some bad news.
As you may have noticed, the PSN network has been down the last few days. Well, Sony just admitted it got hacked. All of your account information has been stolen.
According to Ars, hackers got their hands on:
- Your Name
- Your address (city, state, zip)
- Email Address
- PSN Username and Password
They also advice that Credit Card information may have been compromised, as well as other information such as Security Question and Answers:
It is 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 have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.
What Does This Mean?
It means everyone needs to be on high alert for Email, telephone, and Snail Mail phishing scams over the next few months. These attackers have a lot of information about you, and could make some very real looking email addresses. Always be aware when someone asks you for credit card, SSN/SIN information, and other personal/financial information that you are not expecting to be asked for.
If you use the same password for your PSN account as your email address or any other account, you may want to change that password now. You should at the very least have a different password from your email address. Especially important if your Steam and PSN account have the same or similar name and password.
Sony also advises this:
To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are 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.
We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a â€œfraud alertâ€ on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. 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
You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or www.oag.state.md.us.
Storing financial or account information (i.e. passwords) in plane text is inexcusable. Passwords should be hashed, credit cards should be encrypted. Arg this annoys me.
Only time will tell what will happen, but I strongly urge everyone with a PSN account to do a password change. If you've purchased anything using a credit card on PSN, you may want to closely watch your credit report over the next year. Sorry to spam the front page, but you all need to know about this.
Source: PSN Blog via Ars