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PlayStation hacker steals info of 75 million users

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Sony today admitted the personal information of more than 75 million PlayStation Network members has been compromised after last week’s “external intrusion”.

In its latest blog post, Sony said the online intruder had obtained names, addresses, log ins, passwords and email addresses.

There is no evidence credit card information was taken but Sony is not ruling it out and warning users to check their accounts.  

It is also possible that other data like purchase history and password security answers were also obtained.

The PlayStation Network has been down for almost a week. In Australia are more than 700,000 PlayStation 3 owners who are members of the PlayStation Network.

Sony has called in an external security company to conduct a full investigation and advise on the best ways to repair and strengthen the network infrastructure.

The PlayStation Network is the online portal for PS3 and other Sony users can play online games and access movie and music content.

PSN users are being warned to be aware of email, telephone and postal scams which may occur after this security breach.

It also encouraged users to remain vigilant and check bank accounts and credit card statements to protect against possible financial loss.

There has been no timeframe offered by Sony on when the PSN will be restored  other than “as soon as possible”.

“We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience,” the blog post read.

“Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible.

“Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information.”

Read the full Sony blog post here.