On Thursday Sony told us that the table containing credit card numbers of PlayStation Network and Qriosity users was encrypted. That hasn’t stopped some hackers from trying to sell off what they claim to the credit card information of some 2.2 million PSN users.
According to The New York Times, Kevin Stevens, a researcher for security firm Trend Micro has seen hackers discussing the database of information online. In those discussions the database was apparently offered back to Sony for $100,000 which the company allegedly declined. Just because there are talks of such a database, doesn’t mean the information is real.
Sony, of course, is denying the claims. Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications and social media at Sony (better known as the guy writing the PSN update blog posts) reiterated that the table of credit card numbers was encrypted, and that there’s “no evidence that credit card data was taken.” He also said he knows nothing about Sony being offered the chance to buy the database. Keep in mind that just because Sony has no evidence of something doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened and the company hasn’t figured it out yet.
So, we don’t don’t know if these hackers are telling the truth, nor do we know for sure that PSN users’ credit card information is safe. The encryption sounds promising, but the hackers could be telling the truth. They could have a database of credit card info from PSN users, we’ll just have to wait and see it seems. In the meantime, if you feel anxious about the situation, it might not be a bad idea to cancel your credit card. Either way, be sure to scrutinize your credit card statements for a while, just to be safe (though you should be doing that already).
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