If you haven’t checked your bank account or general credit card information in the past few days I really recommend you do so immediately. And by immediately I mean in as soon as you finish reading this article as there stands the small possibility that your personal information has been compromised. The Nigerian internet scam folks aren’t to blame for the sudden breach of security but instead it’s all due to major PSN outage that has left gamers pissed off for the past week.
As many of my PS3 brethren already know, the PSN was faced with a sudden outage that was later attributed to an outside breach of security. Recently there’s been a lot of stuff going on between Sony and different factions of hackers and to me it has been incredibly silly which is why I haven’t covered it on Shogun Gamer before. I mean c’mon, hackers can be cool and all in some cases but when it comes to video games those who hack stuff can gtfo out in my honest opinion, even if they look like Angelina Jolie circa 1995 when she was in her glorious “Hackers” look.
Anyway, after Sony commented that they were diligently working on fixing the PSN we’ve received yet another update that won’t make a lot of people happy. It appears that during the security breach some crucial information may have been accessed, namely every piece of info you don’t want someone else having such as your PSN password and credit card information. Sony has said that as of now there’s no evidence pointing towards credit card information being taken, but there still stands the chance of such a thing having occurred. Once the PSN is up Sony is encouraging that gamers change their PSN passwords along with any other profiles/accounts that use the same password. Knowing is half the battle my friends when dealing with hackers and internet security.
Being a hardcore PlayStation fan I must admit that I’m a bit disappointed in Sony’s level of security and how my credit card info may be in the hands of some asshole out there who’s now busy buying stuff, or in my case maybe I shouldn’t worry since I’m nearly poor. But besides my dire financial situation, I really hope that no one out there is greatly affected by this PSN security breach since things have already sucked for the past week with the complete lack of online gaming. Hell, my review of SOCOM 4 would’ve been up by now if I had the opportunity to check out the multiplayer modes. But nope, some hackers decided to ruin it for all of us thus the PSN is in complete lockdown/Defcon 5/omg Jack Tretton’s hair is disheveled and he’s angry mode.
The somewhat good news is that Sony is hoping to have the PSN up by next week so hopefully business will resume as usual and we won’t have to worry about cancelling our credit cards and going through the arduous process that is having to prove to your credit company that you did not go out and spend $500 at a grocery store along with buying a $4000 TV at Best Buy. I am praying, even though I’m an evil atheist, that gamers across the globe will all be safe from any potential credit fraud and we can simply enjoy online gaming once more.