Updated Wed, Apr 27, 2011 by Martuk
It's been almost a week since Sony brought down the Playstation Network and Qriocity services following an "external intrusion" on its system, leaving PS3 DC Universe Online (DCUO) and Free Realms subscribers unable to play with countless other gamers. Sony has been relatively quiet about what exactly transpired to prompt them bringing down the network. That is, until today and this one is rather epic and not in a good way.
Sony Playstation 3 customer accounts may have been compromised in last week's intrusion.
In a recent update to the Playstation website, Sony elaborates on the intrusion that took place a bit more and admits that certain account and personal information of an unknown number of users may have been compromised. The official response explains that information provided for your PS3 accounts that include: "name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID" could have potentially been compromised. Sony doesn't believe that credit card information has been compromised, but they have also not ruled that out as a possibility.
This would have been great news to have last week when it all transpired. If credit card accounts have been compromised, more than a few players may have a nasty surprise the next time that they check their statements given that the one doing the compromising has had over a week head start.
U.S Senator Richard Blumenthal expressed his displeasure with Sony's delay in informing their customers in a letter earlier today. A Sony representative informed Kotaku earlier today that Sony didn't learn about the loss of personal data until Monday.
Luckily, it would appear that DCUO and Free Realms customers should be safe. According to a post from SOE's Director, Global Community Relations Linda "Brasse" Carlson, SOE systems are separate from the PSN, so as far as Sony knows for the moment, none of those accounts were compromised. If this changes we'll update you here.
In the meantime, Sony expects to have PSN services restored within the week and is working to send out emails to inform players that may have been compromised. Check out the full message on the Playstation blog.