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PlayStation Network: Status of passwords, encryption vs. hashing

Earlier today we reported that the PlayStation Network was back up in Japan, but PSN users have wanted a status of passwords. Some are asking what the difference is between encryption vs. hashing? Many of us assumed that our passwords were encrypted, when in fact they were alerted to a “cryptographic hash function” instead.

So this means that although the passwords were not encrypted, as we hoped, they were not in clear text either. This is good news, as those who stole the information from Sony will have trouble reading anything due to it having a one-way algorithm. For more details on the differences, then visit Infocellar.

However, if for any reason you are contacted by anyone, do not offer any details. Also remember that Sony will not contact you at all to ask for any information, so just be careful. The PlayStation Blog also reports that Sony advises that if you used the same password for other services – not just PSN – then you best change that as well.

As yet it is not known who stole the information, but both Sony and law enforcement officials are working hard to discover who it was. Again, we like to say that this happening is a good thing, as it has forced Sony to improve its security of the PlayStation Network.

How confidant are you that your details are still safe?



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