Gone, apparently, are the days when gaming was a fairly straightforward pastime: You bought the CD, popped it into your (or a friend’s) computer, and when the thrill was gone, you sold it used.
Gamers who previously enjoyed freely swapping and selling their games will now have limits placed on them — and they’re not reacting well, threatening credit card boycotts of the giant game-makers.
News organizations that have sniffed around hacker chatrooms say that some of their denizens are offering 2.2 million credit card numbers they say they hacked from Sony PlayStation’s database of online users.
Sony, meanwhile, is trying to reassure its customers, saying there’s still no evidence that the card numbers were hacked, and besides, they were stored in an encrypted fashion.
When you signed up to play KillStation or another game online on your PlayStation, I bet you didn’t think there would be any real life danger.
Now you know differently.
Sony, which runs the PlayStation network, announced Tuesday that between April 17 and April 19, data from its 77 million account holders was “compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.”
Here’s what consumers should know about the situation — and do to protect their real-world finances: