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Stolen PSN Data Being Used

The first reports of stolen PSN data being used for fraudulent charges in the wild is starting to trickle in… $300 here, $600 there, a tank of gas in Connecticut, and so on.

Of particular note, and damaging to Sony, is that these thefts occurred while Sony was still trying to figure out what to do instead of informing their users of suspected action.

The other problem with charges that happened after PSN was shut down, but before Sony made an official announcement is that it’s hard to claim user fraud. If the user wasn’t aware their account details were at risk Sony can’t rightly claim that these people are simply trying to milk the system by disputing charges they made.

Questions are now being raised by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK, and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D – CT ) in the United States as to what Sony knew and when and what they’re prepared to do for 77 million subscribers.

The first class action lawsuit was also just filed in federal court in San Francisco seeking repayment of losses and reimbursement for credit monitoring services.

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    1. hehe Says:

      Interesting…and quite contradictory to this:

      http://vgn365.com/2011/04/27/sony-off-the-record-credit-card-details-probably-safe/

    2. Jonah Falcon Says:

      “Probably” safe. (rolling eyes) Funny, that contracts the PlayStation US Blog – from the VGN article linked in this article: Sony had today announced via the PlayStation Blog that every single person’s PSN credit card details may have been and is at risk of being compromised.

      I think Sony’s execs better get their story straight.

      Also, from Shacknews editor Garnett Lee:

      http://twitter.com/#!/GarnettLee/status/63348797119537152

      bummer, one of our writers just saw $1500 of charges at a grocery store in Germany hit his credit card. No way to be sure but the timing…

    3. hehe Says:

      “may” have been compromised (rolling eyes).

      Who spends $1500 at a grocery store?

    4. hehe Says:

      No doubt you won’t post this, but regardless:

      http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/04/27/qa-1-for-playstation-network-and-qriocity-services/

    5. Jonah Falcon Says:

      Yes, I saw that. No, I didn’t post an entire article on it (I posted it elsewhere) – but, yeah, I love how it says, “Your credit card info is safe!!!” then “While all credit card information stored in our systems is encrypted and there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility…”

      LOL! “At this time”… nice legalese.

    6. Jordan Says:

      hehe seems awfully trusting of a company that allowed 77 million user records to be exposed.

    7. Jonah Falcon Says:

      Or that it took seven days to tell those people their records had been exposed.

    8. hehe Says:

      More facts you won’t believe in your usual bias crap:

      Gamespot also reports that several financial companies, including MasterCard, WellsFargo and American Express, have witnessed “no unauthorized activity relating to Sony.”

    9. Jonah Falcon Says:

      Stop defending the indefensible. You’re looking more and more like a tool (in every sense of the word). Why come here, when you could visit these sites and complain?

      http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2011-04-28-security-expert-warns-of-inherited-apathy-towards-user-data

      http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/219055/editorial-sonys-astounding-breach-of-trust/

      http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-04-28-psn-id-theft-aftermath-a-trust-issue

      http://www.inflexwetrust.com/2011/04/27/tech-talk-warning-what-sonys-psn-hack-means-for-you/ – imagine, the unencrypted data included the PSN username and password, brilliant

      http://wololo.net/wagic/2011/04/28/psn-hack-why-i-blame-sony-more-than-the-hackers/

      http://www.bnet.com/blog/technology-business/sony-plays-its-chump-card-lack-of-security-makes-the-xbox-look-good/10239

      http://www.slashgear.com/sony-defends-sluggish-psn-leak-warnings-some-psn-services-back-within-a-week-27148764/

      PS. Why don’t you tell some of the 1Up.com and IGN editors whose PSN-attached credit cards were illegally used?

    10. Jordan Says:

      @hehe That’s good, and I’ll certainly take their word over Sonys, but the thing of it is, they’re only looking at CREDIT cards. I don’t know about everyone on PSN, but I had my DEBIT card on file with them and that’s a completely different ball game.

      You’d have to have every single debit issuer come forward and report no problems to be completely in the clear and I don’t see that happening.

    11. hehe Says:

      Why not actually report the good news about this? Oh wait, smear campaign.

      [There's good news? Smear campaign? By whom? Sony? - Jonah Falcon]

    12. Jordan Says:

      @hehe

      Jonah already reported the good news… PSN should be back up on 5/3.

      Other than that I really can’t think of any good way to spin this. Sony made a mistake that could potentially cost them 24 BILLION dollars. Bad when the company is only worth 26 billion.

    13. Jonah Falcon Says:

      VG Cats sums it up:

      http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=302

    14. Jonah Falcon Says:

      Actually, Gamasutra sums it up better:

      http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/34348/

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