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danrok 1st May, 2011 08:13 PM

Sony PSN resumes in part
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Gizmo 2nd May, 2011 02:56 AM

About bloody time.

"Sony said that although credit card data was encrypted and there was no evidence it was stolen, the theft of the data could not be ruled out."

Ok, so those data are encrypted. How secure was the encryption? Is it something that a hacker could potentially break in, say, a month? Is it possible the attackers could have gained access to the passwords/keys used to encrypt the data?

More importantly, why was Sony storing this data somewhere that the attackers could apparently gain access to? For that matter, why were they storing it at all? Last I checked, the guidelines from the credit-card companies included "Don't store credit card info beyond The Point Of Use, EVER".

danrok 2nd May, 2011 01:04 PM

Even if card nos. have been stolen, there are further measures in place to prevent fraud.

For example, when I've attempted to use my card online, in another country, it does not work, I have to phone the bank and tell them to authorise it.

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