May
1
2011

Who to trust, when even a big name like Sony lets the info of 77 million people get stolen?

UPDATE:Unbelievable, Sony announced that ANOTHER 24.7 million accounts were compromised, including 12,700 credit card numbers. This time, all from Sony Online Entertainment servers.

I’m sure everyone has heard the news by now that the PlayStation Network was hacked, and as a result, data from 77 million accounts has been stolen. Yes, 77 million, it’s insane. Don’t worry too much though, only 10 million of those users may have had their credit card information stolen. The rest just had their names, addresses, emails & birthdays stolen. I feel so much better now.

It’s also worth noting that Sony is stepping up to the plate and taking care of everyone. They’re giving out a free month of access to Qriocity, its music service, and PlayStation Plus, part of its online gaming service. All taken care of, no one was harmed.

All joking aside, this is some scary stuff. I’d like to think that when I sign up for a service, especially when there is a credit card involved, and my personal information, everything is rock solid and safely protected. Everyone talks about The Cloud, going digital, paper-less transactions, and on and on. Sounds great, but we’re not even that far down this road, and we keep on hearing stories of massive amounts of data being stolen. How am I supposed to feel warm and comfy right now? It was only about 4 months back when Gawker Media had all of their stuff hacked too, releasing tons of user logins and passwords. Then in semi recent memory, whatever company owns/runs TJ Maxx  had a hacker steal some stuff too. C’mon now!!!

So where does this leave us? Well, if you’re one of the PlayStation Network account holders, you may now be vulnerable thanks to Sony. In all fairness, they are offering free credit card protection services, but that could be too little too late. The data was already out there for several days before people were informed of the seriousness of the situation. I do think anyone effected should really follow up ASAP and get new credit cards issues and all of that fun stuff. I suppose the real question is whether or not you can ever trust Sony again. If this was you, would you say “Oh, well lemme get right back onto the PlayStation Network, and update my account with my new credit card number”? It’s a tough question to answer, but I’m sure some people may feel badly burned, and just boycott the service.

I suppose the rest of us need to remember that this is our new reality. A well known company can offer a product, convince you to hand over some personal information and a credit card number, and there is actually no guarantee that anything is secured. I suppose nothing in this world is 100% secure, but you’d think with enough tech scrutiny, it would at least only happen once every 5 years, and not 5 times a year (or so it seems anyway). Let’s just say that I’m a lot less annoyed by my forced 3 month password change at work than I used to be. I would also encourage you to take my IT departments advice, and change your personal web passwords every once in a while as well.

Good luck everyone.

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