Sony says credit data were encrypted
NEW YORK — Sony Corp. is telling PlayStation users that it encrypted the credit card data hackers may have stolen, reducing the chances that thieves could used the information.
In a blog post, Sony said it had no direct evidence the data were taken, but can’t rule out the possibility. It did not say how strong the encryption was.
On Tuesday, Sony said that account information, including names, birthdates, e-mail addresses, and log-in information, was compromised for certain players using its PlayStation Network. In an earlier blog post, the company had said that the data had not been encrypted but kept in a separate location from the credit card information.
The company said it is moving its network infrastructure and data center to a new, more secure location.
Sony shut down the network April 20. It expects to have some services back up by Tuesday.
Microsoft Corp., meanwhile, warned players on its Xbox Live network they may be the subject of phishing attempts while playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 online. It is working to resolve the issue.