Sony security crisis: 70m users at risk

Sony has revealed the security breach on its PlayStation Network and Qriocity networks has probably resulted in the theft of all 70 million worldwide subscribers’ personal details, including addresses, credit card details and passwords. Sony has sent an email to PSN members – and the handful of Qriocity subs – warning they may now be the victim of identity theft.

The company said that the data might have fallen into the hands of an “unauthorised person” following a hacking attack on its online service. It is now a week since the networks were suspended but Sony has only now revealed
details of what happened.

On the official Playstation blog Nick Caplin, the company’s head of communications for Europe, said: “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”.

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