Sony Responds to Playstation Data Theft

Sony responded today to the theft of data from Playstations in a press release today.

The breach earlier this month was one of the largest in history, and involved names, addresses, and potentially credit card information for up to 77 million users. Sony claims any credit card information would have been encrypted, limiting the use of the sensitive data to the hackers.

A number of governments are already inquiring into the breach, and there is talk of civil actions as well. Users were particularly upset that they were not informed of the breach immediately.

Sony thanked customers for their loyalty, and announced a number of new security measures:

Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
Implementation of additional firewalls

Users are also instructed that they will have to change their passwords.

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