Have you ever wondered about your game console ever being hacked? Well Sony PlayStation suffered a massive breach in April 2011. The online network led to a theft of names, credit card data and addresses, belonging to 77million users. It was one of the largest security break-ins ever.
The unauthorized person obtained people’s names, email addresses, usernames, passwords, birth dates, security questions and more. It took Sony seven days after the information was stolen to tell the public what was going on. After the public was notified the PlayStation network was shutdown, preventing owners from buying, downloading games and playing with others online. Not playing online for a week was very tough for some users, especially playing games like modern warfare when interacting with others was more enjoyable then playing by your self. Parents that had established accounts for their children might also had their data exposed. How could something like this happen? Its crazy to think that our personal information is not safe anymore and anybody can take and abuse it. After Sony alerted the public they never mentioned how the data was compromised, so you could wonder how the hacker used all the information that he or she received. Sony hired a security firm to investigate to see what really happened. The company suspects that the data was hacked between April 17th and April 19th. Sony thinks the hacker probably hacked into an administrator’s computer who had contact with all the personal information and put a virus into their email message. The person clicked on the message and the virus went into the message and got downloaded into that person’s computer. Then they started taking files of costumer’s information. For a precaution Sony told its users to place fraud alerts on their credit card accounts just to be safe. Honesty the credit cards are not the most valuable information the hackers could of took because you can easily replace your card with another. John Abell, New York bureau chief of wired.com has said the most valuable information that the hacker could take is e-mail addresses. Have you ever received those emails where you won a prize or somebody offers you a job, or a bank you never heard of claiming somebody has taken money out of your account? And when you click on it, it shows random stuff like a different language or tries to get information out of you? These emails are tricking you and only putting viruses on your computer. Those who had their information exposed to the hackers are probably getting emails from them claiming to be Sony, always be cautious when looking through emails. If something looks suspicious don’t open it.
The PlayStation franchise has been a steady enterprise even though video games and hardware sales have declined around the world but it is still a great product for Sony especially when they are coming up with new technically each year. They had a downfall, but it only made the company much stronger. Other companies in the world can learn from them and see the mistakes they did, to make their companies more secure.
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