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Q: Exactly what information was exposed during the PlayStation network data breach?
A: A little over a month ago, the PlayStation network was exposed to a huge data breach. The hackers responsible may have gotten access to names, addresses, email addresses, and credit card information, as well as log in information such as usernames and passwords. There were 77 million gamers who were exposed to this breach, and it is not clear which information was stolen. The hackers themselves—or someone pretending to be them—have claimed that they have obtained the information of 2.2 million people.
According to The Guardian, the credit card information obtained includes CVV numbers, which is the security number on the back of a credit card that is supposed to protect cardholders from fraudulent use. Some of the PlayStation users whose data was exposed have reported fraudulent use, but it’s not clear whether this is related to the hacking.
The PlayStation Network was down for several weeks, but after Sony beefed up security, it is now back up. An attack like this is unlikely to happen to Sony again soon, but the hackers may still be planning on using the information they obtained. If you’re worried, you may want to keep a close eye on your credit card statements for a while.