Another day, another set of rumors surrounding Sony’s PlayStation security breach. There is some speculation indicating that a group of hackers tried to sell credit card back to Sony. Sony have denied these rumours and a purchase of a ‘list’ are also down to speculation. Sony also gives us some feedback about the compromised credit card information.
While the passwords that were stored were not “encrypted,” they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why they said the passwords had not been encrypted. Sony want to make it clear that the passwords were not stored in their database in cleartext form.
Sony continue to work with law enforcement and forensic experts to identify the criminals behind the attack.
Sony’s objective is to increase security so their customers can safely and confidently play games and use their network and media services. Sony are also trying to win back their customers by rolling out the PlayStation Network and Qriocity “Welcome Back” program, to be offered worldwide, which will be tailored to specific markets to provide their consumers with a selection of service options and premium content as an expression of the company’s appreciation for their patience, support and continued loyalty.
Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.
Via PlayStation Blog