2.2 Million Playstation Network Credit Card Numbers Potentially Stolen

Playstation Credit Cards stolen

Rumors have been spreading around that hackers who took down the PlayStation Network have stolen 2.2 million credit card numbers and have put the database on sale.

Kevin Stevens, a senior researcher at security firm Trend Micro told the New York Times that he has seen discussions on hacker forums about the supposedly stolen numbers. Hackers are claiming to have a copy of the database and are asking for a pice “upwards of $100,000.”

“It is not a rumor, it was a conversation on a criminal forum,” Stevens tweeted.

Additionally, screenshots from message boards supposedly visited by the hackers have been coming to the surface as well, and one even describes the format of the PlayStation Network’s credit card database, which includes credit card numbers, expiration dates, and cards’ security codes.

Sony is claiming that there’s no evidence of credit cards having been stolen, but at the same time is saying that they can’t rule out the possibility. In a blog post posted last Tuesday, Sony wrote, “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 possibility, let alone the reality, that 2.2 million credit card numbers may have been stolen, is very alarming, and Sony is currently working with the FBI on the matter.


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Categories: Identity Theft

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