“Mr Cluley warned that, even without credit card details, the information taken was enough to help criminals carry out further attacks on other services. Some people will use the same passwords on other sites. If I was a hacker right now, I would be taking those e-mail addresses and trying those passwords,” he said.”

See here for more details:

BBC News – Playstation hacker took user info

Because of the never ending parade of incidents like this one, we strongly recommend that you take the following precautions to protect yourself:

Adopt and use a password manager (e.g. KeePass )

  • Always use strong passwords
  • Do NOT reuse passwords
  • Go back and change old accounts to use strong passwords

Please see our Check List for additional security precautions you can take to ensure privacy, prevent theft, and protect yourself against loss of data.

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