Sony has confirmed that hackers have stolen private account information belonging to millions of PlayStation Network customers.
Last week, Sony was forced the shut down the entire PSN platform after it discovered that the network had been breached. The Sony PSN platform is used by more than 70 million users worldwide for online gaming as well as movie and music streaming.
Players are required to submit their credit card details and other personal information in order to gain access to the network. The massive data breach has not only harmed the company’s image,it has put millions at risk of identity fraud and credit card theft.
“We believe that an unauthorised person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address, country, email address, birth date, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login,” Sony said in email to millions of PSN users, which Sony also posted on their blog.
“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,” the company advised.
It also asked users to remain vigilant against any attempted email and telephone scams targeted at deriving personal and financial information, advice that may not sit well with users who thought their personal information was secure.