Playstation Network

Miss Sparkly

Jan 2, 2010
As somebody who deals with fraud on a frequent basis I wanted to pass along a word of warning. If you are a member of the Playstation Network you likely received an email stating that your user name, password, billing information, name, home address, and security questions were compromised by a hacker. Playstation neither confirms nor denies that your card information was stolen but says to keep a close eye on your account. Close your card! If you don't close your card watch for tiny transactions on your account - pennies. It's a way of testing to make sure your card is active and usable. If that happens CLOSE YOUR CARD because it won't be long before you see a much larger transaction attempt to, or successfully, come out of your account.

On a lighter note - DH was pissed because he couldn't figure out how we were going to buy food and gas while waiting for a card. It's called paper money :cheeky:


Sep 16, 2009
We're the only household I know of without a PS3. DH has been complaining since Christmas that "everybody else has them" etc etc etc.

Now he's happy because we're the only ones who didn't have to cancel our card. We are down to one Canadian card and one UK card and we're going away for business this weekend. We would have been without our cards in another country. I'm not even sure how that would work since we didn't order nearly enough local cash...

After a very frustrating circular conversation with the security people, one of my friends finally got the truth and apparently everything was compromised and everyone really needs to get a new card. There's no "may" about it.

I hope you don't have to wait too long for your new card!


Jan 8, 2011
I also heard that they may have also gotten social security numbers! :errrr:
I have been debating whether to get a PS3 - since I already have an Xbox 360 -- now I'm glad I never did!

Miss Sparkly

Jan 2, 2010
LOL! That's why I finally broke down and bought the PS3 for DH for Christmas. Everyday after work it was "Eric has this awesome new game for his PS3" or "Eric watched this awesome blu ray on his PS3" :cheeky: I'm an old fashioned check and paper money person. It's too easy to spend with a debit card. I consider check fraud and debit card fraud to be similar to flying vs. driving. Flying (checks) is a lot safer than driving (card) but a lot more people are unjustly afraid of flying over driving.

Miss Sparkly

Jan 2, 2010
GamerGirl|1304084232|2907880 said:
I also heard that they may have also gotten social security numbers! :errrr:
I have been debating whether to get a PS3 - since I already have an Xbox 360 -- now I'm glad I never did!

hmmm, I don't remember ever giving my SSN out to sign up for the network and it made no mention of it. They were very smart in saying that if you reuse your passwords you should change them...

Valued PlayStation(R)Network/Qriocity Customer:

We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011,
certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account
information was compromised in connection with an illegal and
unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this
intrusion, we have:

1) Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;

2) Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full
and complete investigation into what happened; and

3) Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our
network infrastructure by rebuilding our system to provide you
with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill
as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and
efficiently as practicable.

Although we are still investigating the details of this incident,
we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following
information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country,
email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login,
and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data,
including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip),
and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may
have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your
dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have
been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit
card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. 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.

For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email,
telephone and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive
information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email,
asking for your credit card number, social security number or other
personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information,
you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation
Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that
you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation
Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or
accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them as well.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we
encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and
to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information
for those who wish to consider it:
- U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually
from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report,
visit or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.

- We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S.
credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus
place a "fraud alert" on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps
to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can
make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however,
that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you,
it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your
identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others
are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a
fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report,
please contact any one of the agencies listed below:

Experian: 888-397-3742;; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
Equifax: 800-525-6285;; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
TransUnion: 800-680-7289;; Fraud Victim Assistance Division,
P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

- You may wish to visit the website of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect
yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice
on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or
suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General,
and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be
contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone
(877) 566-7226; or For Maryland residents, the Attorney
General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202;
telephone: (888) 743-0023; or

We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this
incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the
clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes
information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that
additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information.
Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is
our utmost priority. Please contact us at 1-800-345-7669 should you have any
additional questions.


Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment


Feb 18, 2010
In my house PS3 is the next version of Pricescope.
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