On April 19, Sony shut down the Playstation network (PSN). The PSN is the online service for the PlayStation 3. This service allows gamers to connect with other players anywhere, download games, and play demos. Sony shut down PSN after hacker(s)gained access to user account information.
According to Sony’s blog, an unauthorized person obtained the following user information: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PSN/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and PSN/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If an account has an authorized sub-account for a dependent, the same data with respect to the dependent may have been obtained.
Increasingly, identity thieves target children’s information. If a sub-account for a child has been comprised, parents should obtain their child’s credit report and add a fraud alert. A fraud alert requires credit bureaus to confirm an identity before issuing credit. The credit report is available for free from the 3 major credit bureaus: Experian www.experian.com; Equifax www.equifax.com; and TransUnion www.transunion.com. All 3 keep separate records and all 3 must be contacted.