The Greatest Hack In Playstation History



   Where were you when the greatest hack of 2011 occurred? The 2011 Playstation Network outage was the result of an “anonymous hack” on Sony Playstation's Network. Personal details from approximately 77 million accounts were compromised and prevented users for Playstation 3 consoles from accessing the service! The attack occurred between April 17 through April 19. Sony had to turn off the Playstation online service on April 20 to all users. On May 4, Sony confirmed that personally identifiable information from each of the 77 million accounts had been exposed. This shut down had gone on for 23 days. On May 20, Sony posted on their blog that some of the Playstation Network features were not working and that the Playstation store was sending users to a page with a message stating that they were “undergoing maintenance”.



   On May 2, Sony issued a press release, according to which the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) services had been taken offline for maintenance due to potentially related activities during the initial criminal hack. Over 12,000 credit card numbers, albeit in encrypted form, from non-U.S. cardholders and additional information from 24.7 million (SOE) accounts may have been accessed. During the week, Sony sent a letter to the US House of Representatives, answering questions and concerns about the event. In the letter, Sony announced that they would be providing Identify Theft insurance policies in the amount of US$1 million per user of the Playstation Network and Priority services, despite no reports of credit card fraud being indicated. This was later confirmed on the Playstation Blog, where it was announced that the service, All-Clear ID plus powered by Debix, would be available to users. What would you do if your account got hacked?


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