The Dangers of Gaming: PSN’s Security Fiasco

If you have been living under a rock like me, you may have only recently heard about the Playstation Network (PSN) security breach that occurred April 17. According to this Mashable article, the Playstation Network – an online multiplayer gaming service provided by Sony for the Playstation 3 and portable PS gaming consoles – was hacked a few weeks ago, leaving over 70 million register accounts vulnerable for identity theft.

And we’re not talking just user IDs and passwords being available to hackers, but credit card numbers, security codes, and expiration dates as well. Playstation only acknowledged the breach and shut down the service 11 days after the occurrence, on April 20, saying,”While all credit card information stored in our systems is encrypted and there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility.” That, and other statements made by the company, have left users frantic and rightfully upset. 
 
It was recently reported that the company expects the network to be fully restored, up and running by May 4th, and they’ve warned their users to immediately log on and change their passwords
 
But is this enough? Many users claim that Playstation has been lax with its security, and lawsuits have even been filed by  outraged customers. Surely, users will be weary about re-joining the service after their personal information – names, addresses, birthdays and credit card information – were hacked. I know I would be hesitant about signing up again!
So what does this mean for Sony? Will they be able to hold their nearly 80 million registered accounts after such a colossal mishap? Come May 4th, we will just have to wait and see.
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