PSocalypse: PSN users’ passwords, addresses, CC numbers and more fully compromised

We have been holding off on reporting on the continuing PSN outage in wait of official word from Sony regarding the extent of the issue. They finally took to the Official PlayStation Blog today to clarify — and the news couldn’t be worse. The full database of 60+ million PSN user accounts has been completely compromised. This includes: “name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID.” It gets worse, also included in the compromised data are complete purchase details and history, including credit card information (minus CC security codes).

All of the major gaming outlets have this covered, so for further reading, here is a list from a few of the bigger sources:

To say that this is a disaster is putting it mildly. This is one of the biggest single security breaches ever. The impact of this will likely be felt for years to come. For the moment, it affects every PSN user as they face the possibility of identity theft. The long tail of this is the potential destruction of Sony’s ability to rebuild customer trust, and future reluctance of developers to bank on an unstable PSN platform. Developers spend millions of dollars on game development, and they are likely to be wary of banking on a platform that doesn’t have the trust of its customers. Competing platforms such as Xbox Live and Nintendo’s digital platform may seem like safer bets going forward.

Details are still trickling out regarding the scope of the situation, but this is horrible for all involved, and is likely to affect Sony’s standing in the console market in a very real way for a long time to come.

If you are a PSN user, you should take the necessary precautions (resetting passwords internet-wide, canceling credit cards, etc.) to safeguard yourself as much as possible.

[Source: PlayStation.Blog - Official Q&A]