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PlayStation Network hacked. What should you do?
Posted 04/28/2011 9:26 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
As you may already know, the PlayStation Network (PSN) has been down since April 20, 2011. This was the result of a successful intrusion by hackers, in which your personal details may have been stolen. Sony has been vague about how many of its 77 million PSN accounts have been compromised. Given their reticence to communicate anything material for almost a week, do not be surprised if this was a full 100% breach. I cannot overstate the gravity of this matter, as it could affect you in the form of identity theft or other fraudulent acts. Here are direct links to the relevant communications from Sony. I strongly urge you to read these in their entirety, and to take action as recommended below. The following information is available via the aforementioned links, though I wanted to take some time to highlight key points and recommended actions. The latest from Sony regarding what personal information was stolen states (verbiage slightly altered and itemized for clarity):
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Q: What personally identifying information do you suspect has been compromised?

A: Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information provided by PlayStation Network/Qriocity account holders:
  • name
  • address (city, state, zip)
  • country
  • email address
  • birth date
  • PlayStation Network/Qriocity password, login, and handle/PSN online ID.
Other profile data may also have been obtained, including:
  • purchase history
  • billing address (city, state, zip).
If an account holder has authorized a sub-account for a dependent:
  • the same data with respect to that dependent may have been obtained
If an account holder provided credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, it is possible that the following may also have been obtained:
  • credit card number (excluding security code)
  • expiration date

As a PSN account holder, what should you do? At minimum, immediately change all of your passwords. Even if you were smart enough to use unique passwords for every one of your online accounts, I still urge you to change them all. The PSN is currently down, so you cannot yet change your password there, but please update all other accounts as soon as possible. Sony will very likely force a password change when the PSN is restored anyway.

If you provided credit card information to Sony associated with your PSN account, it is in your best interest to call the credit card company or bank to have your card canceled and a new one issued.

Following is the full text of the consumer alert posted on the US Playstation Blog.
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Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer:
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. In response to this intrusion, we have:

  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.

For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it:

U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.

We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a ďfraud alertĒ on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below.

Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or www.oag.state.md.us.

We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at 1-800-345-7669 should you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,
Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment



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Posted 04/28/2011 9:28 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
And I forgot to ask -- Doesn't all this make everyone feel warm and fuzzy all over?
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Posted 04/29/2011 2:08 AM Post a reply Quote this post View Draghon's info
Kerr wrote:
And I forgot to ask -- Doesn't all this make everyone feel warm and fuzzy all over?

No, and I never have with online stuff... I can tell you exactly one thing, NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOUR PROTECTION A HACKER IF DETERMINED ENOUGH WILL GET YOUR INFO ONE WAY OR ANOTHER... my brother in law is a former hacker who is currently working for a company to better securities... he exclaimed this to me and it is a definite... like this, IF I were determined to steal your TV and you have cameras and alerters and such, I will still find a way, maybe feed the dogs, spray the cams, cut power, etc... the PSN is just proof of this concept...
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Updated 04/29/2011 9:21 AM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
Crime and the motivations for those committing it is obviously nothing new. What is unprecedented here is the scale of this security breach, at least of those publicly reported.
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Posted 04/29/2011 10:48 AM Post a reply Quote this post View OneMoreNut's info
I must be psychic... Last month I started changing my online passwords to help cut down on the chance of fraud since I had them relatively the same.

Hell my CC was due to expire at the end of the month too. When this all went down, I already had the replacement card ready to be activated.

If you haven't been doing so already, keep a close eye on the email address you used for PSN Id. A friend of mine received notice that GMail account had been accessed by someone in China yesterday.

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Posted 05/02/2011 4:07 AM Post a reply Quote this post View GT2000's info
I've changed my hotmail email addy password as it was the same one I used for the PSN. I then went and changed passwords for other sites as well.

Been checking my bank statment each day, so far nothing has happened.
Some PSN services should be back by the 3rd May.

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Posted 05/02/2011 12:10 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
I got my passwords updated over the weekend too.

One thing to note is that Sony stored your password in plain text, with not even an attempt to encrypt it. That is unconscionable. Even small, fly by night shops know better than to do something like that.

Given that, all these reassurances from Sony that CC data has not been compromised ring very hollow. I'm surprised at the relative lack of outrage resulting from Sony's having taken a week to notify end users. There are various published timelines about the chronology of events. They all indicate that Sony knew there was a security breach early on. Even if they didn't know the full extent of the breach, that they did know something and chose not to send a cautionary notification makes me question how much they really care about their customers. From the outside looking in, it looks like an attempt to save face, when in reality it was as bad or worse than they ever could have imagined.

As with GT5 and my associated thoughts upon release, the only thing that will get a company to listen is to stop spending money with them. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the inevitable lawsuits and potential consumer backlash. My experience, though, is that people tend to have very short memories.
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Posted 05/04/2011 10:58 AM Post a reply Quote this post View OneMoreNut's info
No coincidence at all that XBox 360s went on sale shortly after PS released news of the hacking...

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Posted 05/04/2011 1:04 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
OneMoreNut wrote:
No coincidence at all that XBox 360s went on sale shortly after PS released news of the hacking...
Good point, this is a hell of an opportunity for Microsoft.
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Posted 05/04/2011 7:40 PM Post a reply Quote this post View OneMoreNut's info
You can't go wrong for $130... I am strongly considering picking one up.

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Posted 05/04/2011 8:09 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
I've had both consoles since launch, as for me the platform exclusives are worth it. For instance, there are plenty of GT fanboy / Forza haters, but the entire series is definitely worth playing.
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YO PSN IS BACK UP
Posted 05/15/2011 2:36 PM Post a reply Quote this post View DjWess's info
NO BS PSN IS BACK UP AND RUNNING
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Posted 05/15/2011 4:55 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Draghon's info
is there a new update to the game to go with the new psn activation?
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Posted 05/15/2011 5:48 PM Post a reply Quote this post View DjWess's info
Draghon wrote:
is there a new update to the game to go with the new psn activation?
YES a Whole system update
Have fun while you race others. If you don't why are you racing in the first place?
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Yo due to extremely high bandwith
Posted 05/15/2011 10:45 PM Post a reply Quote this post View DjWess's info
bill78512 wrote:
Does playing Arcade mode increase the percentage of the game completed? How does one go about applying those wins to the percentage completed?

DO NOT SIGN OUT YOUR PSN ACCOUNT. IF YOU DO YOU WILL HAVR TO WAIT AT MAX A DAY DUE TO AN EXTREME AMOUNT OF BANDWITH. Seems everyone around the world is changing passwords and logging in at the same time. So for full pleasure, it'll be a while.
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Kick ass site!
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Bored with GT5 Frown headed back to GT4 Big Grin Awesome site, good to know there is an exceptional resource out there for tuning setups. Looking forward to posting some of my own for GT4/GT5 (assuming I dont get rid of my PS3 over recent issues with online services.) The Finger

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Posted 05/24/2011 5:57 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
@NSXRGT - Thanks, I hope you enjoy the site! I've been playing offline mostly, not even signed into my PSN account on the PS3. Do you even have a PS2 for GT4, or do you have an older PS3 with emulation like me?

I have been doing some research on whether I will be upgrading the site for GT5 setups. It takes so damn much time adding all of the car information. There are some good car related databases out there, but as with past versions they don't have enough information to be useful for a site like GTVault, which forces me down the time consuming data collection road.
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Welcome Back....i guess
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Sorry i have been out for a while.. went to wisconsin after psn was shut down..good to see it up and running again. been playing this series since it first came out. kinda sad to not play online. aww well, we didnt have online back then, so it really doesnt bother me. just a little thought, since i left my ps3 and my gt4 back at home, im stuck with gt3. i just made a new game and wow9flashback) forgot how fun the game was. my opinion it was better than gt4. its way simpler, but you know how it is. im currently working on a setup for an early version of the Nissan and Rx-7(wont spoil the surprise). its really great out here. good luck with all the ps3 owners out there..but i think ill be sticking with ol' reliable for this one. p.s. this site has really made a difference in mmy life. thanks to everybody. Thumbs Up oh yeah, as you can see. i bought a new (or outdated) car. its not much, but i like it. i just have a thing for old school cars (dont know why maybe to much Smokin messed me up). i got a whole list here that i just came up with last night, Im gonna upgrade this car from scratch. wish me luck and lets see what happens. Big Grin
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