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PSN Down: Security expert warns users should cancel credit cards

We told you earlier today that Sony had released more details of how the current PSN downtime started, and warned that user’s personal information may have been breached. While the PSN service continues to be down, a security expert warns users to cancel credit cards.

Marc Chacksfield over at TechRadar is reporting the expert from security specialist Sophos said PSN users should “cancel that card immediately“. Potentially at least seventy million users are at risk from identity or financial fraud.

The security expert Graham Cluely said “now isn’t the time to sit back on your sofa and do nothing”. He goes on to say the criminals who may now have the information, won’t just hang around and do nothing.

Other information at risk besides credit card details include, email account information, dates of birth, and names and address. A senior threat researcher form GFI Software Christopher Boyd, is also concerned about the risks of the data breech.

He said that the issue is really serious but wondered if details of all the PSN users were obtained, or just some of them. Another problem is that for the time being no one knows if there information has been obtained of not.

Will you be cancelling your credit cards?

Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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torchedearth
torchedearth

1. Cancel your credit card, the company will get another one to you in about 10 days
2. Change the passwords to the email account(s) related to your PSN ID(s)
3. Buy Portal 2 – offline single player – and wait for PSN to come back up in style with a few good laughs.

Troy
Troy

ok i dont wanna hear it from any one about there info being stolen. you risked that the moment you even put any of that on a computer which is unsecured to hackers any way. dont want tour info stolen dont put it on in a computer. even with this set back sonys still better than xbox.

Roo
Roo

I had a 360 till it rrod for the 2nd time then I switched to ps3 in all honesty the 2 systems are pretty much the same. Ps3 wins out of the two because it doesn't charge for it's online usage and it's less likely to die. All in all anyone who swaps to 360 will be getting robbed $80 per year plus repair costs once your 360 dies. I'd rather the inconvenience of a couple of weeks of downtime and the extremely unlikely event of my credit card being used for which you will get reimbursed anyway then going… Read more »

Burtus
Burtus

I have sold my soul to the devil and entered the darkside, me and 4 friends bought xbox today .. Sick of continual hacks and playing some games (MW2 in particular ) is beyond a joke with noobs hacking in and destroying your stats ..This latest issue is the final straw .. Still keep my ps3 for blu ray though !

nshj
nshj

you lot are crazy man, ps3 offline for a week and people are withdrawing and sshit hahahah

bill
bill

i really don't understand how everyone is so pissed off at sony for this, if a hacker wants to get in he will, there are still people hacking into banks and military networks to get information, so in my opinion sony bringing the network down for this long is reasonable and in the publics best interest, just remember even with out losing customers this is costing them millions of dollars everyday, so remember they aren't doing this for fun they are actually doing this for you and your security

Stuart
Stuart

Screw you traitors sony is one of the best and always has been, Its not there fault there are people who are never happy unless there fcukin some one over. I bet when psn comes back on this shit dnt happen again because sony will have it fixed what would you rather, it off for 2 weeks or it intermitent for 2 weeks. And all of you out there going with xbox its a shit machine that was made as cheap as possible(some of the dvd drives they use only cost 5 bucks. Oh hang on they do have one… Read more »

panda
panda

Its not that Xbox live is more secure or that it is better. the truth being that even Xbox live can be hacked. all it was was that PSN was the target of the day. remember people, nothing is 100% secure if somebody wants to get into Xbox live hard enough they will. also anons MO is usually external DDOS attacks using LOIC. This was by what Sony says an actual access of the data, this does not fit Anons MO. this was probably some orginized crime syndicate or even might have been an corporate hack. it prob took a… Read more »

teddy bear
teddy bear

Shame on Sony – get you act together!

Brucie
Brucie

Well I don't even have a credit card and I'm certainly not going to put my debit card in to ANYTHING online, so at most they have all the other info which I'm not sure they could do too much damage with that. As far as me being mad about not being able to play online games, I would like to be playing my games, but I've been playing Team Fortress 2 on my computer and it's brought some fun evenings, I forgot how fun it was. I understand why everyone is mad at Sony, but how come nobody is… Read more »

JCPros
JCPros

omg.. everyone just chill the F out… Sure Sony might have delayed informing its customers but stop GD complaining. There is a problem and they are trying to fix it… First few days it was OH i can't go on psn to play my games.. then it's OH i can't go on to change my info… everyone's got something to bitch about… stfu already. When you were playing PSN for FREE, you weren't complaining.. now everyone's talking about going to xbox live… blah blah. Then you got some "expert" telling everyone to cancel their cards.. I'll cancel it after I… Read more »

R.Parkinson
R.Parkinson

can you play xbox using a ps3 controller? its the only thing stopping me from going xbox!

Smithy
Smithy

Sony u FKD UP
It took u 5 fkin days 2 tell us WTF MaN!!!!!!!!

lol
lol

inb4 same thing happens to xbox live.

dantevx
dantevx

Well good luck going over to Xbox people, they are getting hacked too (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/7.280129-Latest-XBL-Exploit-Takes-Aim-at-Users-Credit-Cards). Phishing scams on one of their most played games and no mention of it for a month? Yeah, reminds me that the grass is always greener… On another note, come on how long has it been since they are supposed to of had the personal information to over seventy million people? 4-5 days minimum and what have they done? Nothing. No reports of any one loosing money, identity stealing, hell no one has even had their facebook status changed. Could I ask what they are waiting… Read more »

Jesse
Jesse

I cancelled my card as soon as I heard yesterday. Better safe than sorry…….

JOE
JOE

The same info that was stolen is the same info you hand away and more at times when you shop, the difference is the hackers don't have your security code! OMG how stupid can people be.

Nice "bravado" mr. Im selling my ps3, 10 to 1 you dont do it.

smacksuck
smacksuck

O NOooz…they got my $25 PREPAID credit card info….*cries…

your mother
your mother

does anybody know when the psn will be online again

guest
guest

I won't be leaving PS3 anytime soon….the only thing I'll do different is start making PSN transactions with pre-paid cards rather than using my debit card. I'll be keeping a close eye on my accounts and I will probably cancel my card and get a new one. It is a hassle, but it doesn't worry me too bad……As for Xbox? I have many friends who are on their second or more system due to red rings….I have owned this Ps3 for 3 1/2 years with the recent events being my only issues…..

Tuck
Tuck

I'm going X-box, and I know at least 20 previous PSN users who are doing the same thing. It's a shame. Sony had a good thing going, and they flubbed it up. Bad.

TKO
TKO

I was fine with the network being down and everything cause my time to play is pretty rare at the moment, but now I have to worry about my card info being stolen is total BS. They say they have your card number but how can they not have your security code as well. You have to enter it if you plan on buying anything from the psn. How are they able to hack and get all of your other information but not that. I'm not going to get an xbox but it looks better and better after this kind… Read more »

mish
mish

if the money is gone can u get refund later on??

PS3 SUCKS
PS3 SUCKS

XBOX Here I come. Had enough, and frankly I'm not waiting any longer. For Sale 1 PS3, great shape and good for nothing. Sony your a joke, I think I'll even sell my new Sony LED TV.

ICE
ICE

Another problem is that for the time being no one knows if there information has been obtained of not.

THEIR.

Sam
Sam

Probably not. Anyway, if I see some unwanted transactions on my credit card I'll just call, get a refund and a new card.

When my bank card was cloned I didn't even notice. The bank told me, I looked at my transactions and got refunded for the money stoled

adam
adam

HAHA, it took them a week to find this out. How can psn users delete there credit card information if you cant even sign in? Honestly, the comments playstaion and sony has been giving 70,000,000 psn users has just been getting worse. On a good note they have said in there latest blog "we have a clear path to return online within the week."

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