Friday, May 6, 2011

Sony: PSN will be 'safer,' 'more secure'; credit card data encrypted

In a new Q&A posted on the official PlayStation blog, Sony says they are working to resurrect the breached PlayStation Network and make it "safer and more secure."

The company used the Q&A to answer several lingering questions related to the breach, which some security experts have said may be one of the largest data breaches ever.

Sony is still unsure whether credit card data was taken, but adds that the info was encrypted and no security codes -- the three-digit numbers on the back of a credit card -- were swiped.

"If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained," the Q&A reads.

Sony says it is also taking extra steps to keep users' personal data safe in the future, including "moving our network infrastructure and data center to a new, more secure location, which is already underway."
Along with a FBI investigation into the case, Sony adds they are also working with a "recognized technology security firm" to conduct an investigation of the breach.

Sony's full Q&A can be found here.

The PlayStation Network first shut down last Wednesday, and Sony revealed two days later the service suffered an "external intrusion." On Tuesday, the company revealed the full extent of the incident: a data breach exposing the personal data of 77 million registered PSN accounts.

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