We reported yesterday on the ongoing shutdown of Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity cloud entertainment services due to what was described as an ‘external intrusion’. Last night, Sony made a new statement that showed how serious that intrusion has been. “We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network,” writes the company in an email to users of these services. What information? “name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID… While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility.” So, from complaining that they couldn’t access PlayStation Network or the new Music Unlimited service, users now find that their details and possibly their credit card data may now be in the hands of hackers. A PR nightmare for the PlayStation side of the business, but a potential hammer-blow for Music Unlimited, which is still rolling out across the world.
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