A group of hackers commit a crime and breaking into the Sony Playstation Network (PSN) security on 17 and 19 April 2011.
Millions of sensitive data and credit card data of PSN users have been stolen by them.
It is estimated that more than 77 million PSN account data and personal data being stolen and there are about 2 million credit cards data have been taken.
These criminals then tried to sell the stolen PSN data in an online forum including credit cards that completed with number, Card Verification Value (CVV), full name, address, expiry date, date of birth and other information.
Monitor Credit Card Bill and Activity
Many PSN users reported a fraud that someone using their credit cards. Visa International also adviced that PSN users should continue to monitor their credit card bills, so that if there is any suspicious transactions, they can immediately report to the issued bank
As quoted from MCV,
"Concerned cardholders should keep a close eye on their accounts and report any unusual or unexpected activity to their issuing bank, Cardholders who are innocent victims of fraud will get their money back, subject to the terms and conditions of their bank."
Geohot and Anonymous Hacker Group
Geohot (George Hots) who previously clashed with Sony about his "jailbreak" on PS3, allegedly involved with this burglary of action. Hacker group named Anonymous also suspected of helping the occurrence of this action.
Geohot who managed to break the security on the PS3 said that he has nothing to do with PSN burglary, and Sony might was attacked because of their arrogance as quoted from his blog,
"And to anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I'm not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door. Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone elses server and stealing databases of user info is not cool. You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony."
But Sony recently ensures that Geohot and Anonymous are not involved.
CEO of Sony Bowed Deeply & Apologize
Kazuo Hirai, the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, gave a statement that they (Geohot and Anonymous) are not responsible for the collapse of the PSN network and data theft.
Kazou Hirai, in a press conference on 1st of May 2011, gave a formal apology due to paralysis of PSN and their security failure to secure the users data. Kazuo bowed deeply to express feelings of deep regret and promised to hunt down and punish the perpetrators.
Nick Caplin, Head of the SCEE (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) Communications wrote on the official Playstation blog that Sony has sent apology via email to the users of PSN.
"Please note that we are as upset as you are, regarding this attack and are going to proceed aggressively to track down those that are responsible." Caplin said.
FBI Investigation Result So Far
Now Sony is working with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to hunt down these cyber criminals. Many observers believe that this incident is most likely was part of protests of Geohot supporters.
Sony and FBI are suspecting the group of hackers Anonymous are indirectly involved in preparing a perfect stage, so that the PSN security can be cracked by another hacker group who responsible for this criminal action.
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