Reports from the US today suggest hackers are flogging Sony’s database details, names, addresses and passwords.
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Threat researcher Kevin Stevens, from Trend Micro, has told The New York Times he has encountered talk of of the hacked database on several underground web forums, and that hackers intended to sell the captured data.
It was also been reported that the hackers offered to sell the database to Sony, who failed to respond, although company officials have refuted this claim.
Up to 77 million Sony Playstation network users were told to cancel their credit cards this week, after the gamer finally admitted their network has been compromised and personal data stolen, reportedly ten 10 days after it was first discovered.
Lawyers commenting on the issue have said that users have only a slim chance of exacting payment for the exposure of their personal information in one of the worst hacking breaches ever recorded.
There have been no reported cases of Australian users being affected or details compromised yet.
The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has said he is “very concerned” by the breach and has opened an investigation into the case.
The “illegal and unauthorised person” got access to people’s names, addresses, email address, birthdates, and usernames, passwords, logins, and security questions and more, Sony said on its U.S. PlayStation blog.
The network has over 500,000 users in Australia although no reported misuse of credit cards has been reported, yet.