Hopefully most Ecogamers are pretty savvy and follow the gaming blogs - but just in case you haven't heard:
You may have noticed that PSN has been down for over a week now. Sony has stated that they shut down PSN in response to an 'external intrusion'.
You can read the specific details and press released at the links below. Ultimately, what it means for you:
The following data on your PSN account may have been comprimised:
- PSN username + password + security questions
- PSN profile data
- PSN purchase history
- PSN billing details
Credit card details don't appear to be comprimised, but Sony isn't guaranteeing anything. The details that PSN store are the credit card number and expiry date. They do not store the security code (number on the back).
What you should do:
- Change your passwords and security questions/answers. Especially if you've used your PSN password elsewhere. Don't forget the email address you use PSN with, and your Steam account. You won't be able to change your PSN details until Sony turns it back on.
- Keep an eye on your credit card statements. Notify your bank immediately if you see anything odd.
- Be especiallly vigilant about spam + phishing. Scams could arrive via email / telephone / post. Be wary of anyone asking for sensitive personal information. Take a look at what details have been comprimised and consider how a scammer would use those against you.
The best source of official info at the moment seems to be the PlayStation Blog, but everything below will keep you up to date.
PlayStation Blog Europe - http://blog.eu.playstation.com (AU falls under EU)
PlayStation EU Twitter - http://twitter.com/PlayStationEU
PlayStation Australia - http://www.playstation.com.au
PlayStation Australia Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PlayStationAU
Good luck Ecogamers. Don't get scammed.