Yesterday we discovered that over 12,000 credit card numbers were stolen from the Sony Online Entertainment databases. Sony responded by promptly shutting down all the servers, meaning both the PSN and SOE services are out of order for the time being.
Yet, as with all the terrible news from the past two weeks, there is new information indicating that things might not be as bad as they appear.
According to sources at GameIndustry.biz, only a small minority of those credit cards were still active at the time of the breach. As was reported, the database was from 2007, so it was unlikely that many of the non-US based accounts still retained the same information from four years ago. The exact figure is somewhere in the ballpark of 900 active credit cards. While this remains a serious issue, it should be much easier to warn the 900 users of their information’s compromise – as opposed to thousands.
The sheer amount of compromised information is staggering. Although it seems Sony has managed to plug the leaks for the time being, two of their largest and most profitable services are currently offline. The PlayStation Network should be back online by the end of this week, but many of the users are currently nervous about jumping right back in. Understandably so, as it seems none of Sony’s online infrastructure is up to the task of withstanding the persistent hackers.
There may not be any end in sight to the amount of damage control Sony will have to conduct – to regain the trust of their enormous audience. Fortunately, now that all online services have been shut down, it does sound as though it’d be a lot more difficult for hackers to steal sensitive information a second time.
Ranters, are you willing to continue using Sony’s services once they come back online, or has this entire catastrophe made you wary of Sony’s ability to protect your information? Let us know below what you think.
Source: IndustryGamers [via GameIndustry.biz]