77 million people, well to be exact- 77 million user accounts, about 36 million are in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Americas, 32 million in Europe and 9 million in Asia, mostly in Japan; all affected by 1 major outage… the PlayStation outage.
Millions of boys and girls of all ages around the world have been sitting idle, anxiously waiting for the PlayStation to work again. Unfortunately, they might be waiting a little bit longer.
The cause? A hacker that could have stolen the credit card data of all the PlayStation users. While many people would love to brush this incident off, some say the scale of the breach was staggering and could cost the company billions of dollars. BILLIONS. It could even be one of the worst breaches that has happened in several years. Sony said it has no direct evidence credit card information was taken, but said “we cannot rule out the possibility.”
It said the intrusion was “malicious” and that the company had hired an outside security firm to investigate. It has taken steps to rebuild its system to provide greater protection for personal information and warned users to contact credit agencies and set up fraud alerts.
The company shut down the network last Wednesday after it said account information, including names, birth dates, email addresses and log-in information was compromised for certain players in the days prior. Purchase history and credit card billing address information may also have been stolen but the intruder did not obtain the 3-digit security code on the back of cards, Sony said. Spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka said the company has not received any reports yet of credit card fraud or abuse resulting from the breach.
However, not having direct proof of credit card information theft should not instill a sense of security, and could mean Sony just didn’t know what files were touched. “They indicated that they’re worried about it, which is probably a very strong indication that everything was stolen”.
If the intruder successfully stole credit card data, the heist would rank among the biggest known thefts of financial data.
So if they aren’t yet, start crossing your fingers.