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March 28th, 2008

Gamers Accounts Hacked In Sony Playstation Store

Sony has warned that PS3 gamers may have had cash stolen from their online game accounts. They may also have had their passwords changed by hackers and personal information taken.

Sony admitted on Thursday they found that hackers might have gained access to its PlayStation Store, a part of the PlayStation Network, which offers downloadable games for sale. Although it said information theft and financial theft from users online wallets was possible, it claimed that credit card theft was “very unlikely”, as user accounts did not display entire credit card numbers.

It said if gamer’s password still worked, they hadn’t been affected, implying that if the password didn’t work there was a case for mild panic and the frantic checking of one’s wallet. The company said it has now restored system security and that it is contacting affected customers.

As Sony shipped 280,000 PS3s last month, this is set to be an embarrassing admission and certainly won’t instill confidence among gamers.

Recommendation: If you are a customer of such service, log in to the account and check the password hadn’t been changed as soon as possible. If it hadn’t, it would be a good idea to change it by yourself, just in case.

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