Sony admitted that hackers stole the personal information of customers who use the company’s online PlayStation Network.
The official PlayStation blog post on Tuesday afternoon, Sony of America’s director of communications explained that “an illegal intrusion” in their system has caused a “compromise of personal information.” And while Sony officials don’t believe credit card information was taken, they say that hackers may have taken names, addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdates and passwords among other things.
It was reported that the PlayStation Network suddenly went offline last Wednesday, April 20.
Tuesday, gamers became irate as news of the data theft spread, questioned why it took Sony six days to reveal that personal information had been stolen.
Tuesday evening, Sony issued a follow-up statement insisting that they didn’t know that personal data had been taken until Monday.
A warning from Sony:
“While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.”