Sony issued a statement last night letting their customers know their details may very well have been compromised. Names, addresses, date of births, PSN accounts, purchase history and credit card information was all captured by what Sony called an ‘external intrusion’.
But how safe was your data? Eurogamer has revealed that the Information Commissioner’s Office is set to question Sony over how they stored the information, in particular the credit card information.
“The Information Commissioner’s Office takes data protection breaches extremely seriously,” the organisation told the site this morning. “Any business or organisation that is processing personal information in the UK must ensure they comply with the law, including the need to keep data secure.”
“We are contacting Sony and will be making further enquiries to establish the precise nature of the incident before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken by this office,” said the ICO.
Of particular concern are the PSN passwords that are – according to some – sent in clear text and not encrypted. Naturally we advise our readers to ensure that each and ever site or application they use has a distinct, unique password – if not, you should make steps to do so straight away, especially if your PSN password was used for anything else.
And we’d echo what Sony are saying, albeit rather too late for comfort: keep an eye on your card accounts and think seriously about ID protection.