People often say that one should not invoke Murphy’s Law, that being “if it can get worse, it will.” This is why people always groan when someone says “well, at least it can’t get any worse!” in a movie, TV show, comic, video game, or any other medium of entertainment. Well, someone must’ve said just that in regards to the PSN crisis, as the hackers who got into the Sony computers and found gamers’ private information could be attempting to sell the stolen credit card data.
Trend Micro security analyst Kevin Stevens confirmed that the hackers who caused Sony to shut down PSN some time ago have claimed to have gained access to a number of credit card verification values, along with multiple bits of private information, such as names, addresses, etc. He admitted that he has yet to actually see the database that was hacked, and therefore can’t give a completely valid statement on the situation. However, he refused to follow the belief that this was just a rumor, saying that conversations on criminal forums took place in regards to the hacked numbers.
He also mentioned another rumor going around that the hackers attempted to sell the numbers back to Sony, but they refused. Sony representative Patrick Seybold dismissed the rumor, saying that Sony was never given an opportunity to buy the credit card numbers back.
The validity of this story is questionable, but another security analyst by the name of Matthew Solnik of iSEC Partners, reported that the conversations taking place on the hacker forums contained information on Sony’s servers, which suggests that they have direct knowledge of the event. This, despite Sony saying that the credit card information was encrypted. Also, yesterday an Australian man reported that $2000 worth of charges were made to his credit card around April 23, and a similar report of $1500 spent in a German grocery store with a U.S. credit card appeared as well. No connection has been made to the PSN hacking as of yet but this type of news spreads like wildfire.
These could just be more rumors made to stir the paranoia pot, but just to be safe, it is highly advised that you keep an eye on your bank accounts for any purchases you’re positive you didn’t make. The scariest part of all of this is that we simply don’t know how much damage has been done. Stay tuned for more information as it comes.
Source: The Escapist