Identity Theft Tips for Sony PlayStation Hack Victims

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The massive hack of Sony's PlayStation Network in late April compromised the personal information of more than 100 million users, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft. The theft targeted members of the PlayStation Network, which connects users of the video game to each other, Sony and other companies, as well as Qriocty, Sony's media-streaming service, both of which were subsequently shut down.

In a letter to a congressional subcommittee demanding answers about the data debacle, Sony said hackers stole the names, birth dates, addresses, email addresses, PlayStation Network/Qriocty (Sony's media-streaming service) passwords and logins, and PlayStation Network IDs from some 77 million customers.

That number was subsequently revised upwards to some 100 million accounts, more than 12 million of which contained unencrypted credit card numbers.