Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.
That quote comes directly from Sony. Ouch! That's pretty much the worst thing anyone wants to hear when dealing with a service that has your credit card information. Well, I think may the worst thing would be Sony telling you someone DID charge your credit card and has stolen your identity. That would be worse, I think.
It's funny that this happened, not "ha-ha" funny necessarily, but my debit card is expiring this month. I've been deluged with emails from services that have that CC information and would like me to add the new one. It's pretty silly how many services keep that information handy when you think about it. Xbox may have made me buy three 360s thanks to faulty planning, but they never let my personal information get stolen.
I don't know about you, but I'd be looking to unload my PS3 right about now. I'm sure those slick salesmen over at GameStop are cooking up some trade-in scheme as we speak. They may even give you $50 for it!
Situations like this force you to evaluate your own situation with regards to just who has your information handy. Your job? How does your IT department run your security solutions? What kind of information is on your phone? You may even decide to pull back a bit. Who knows what kind of info that tasty Frappé grabs from you as you sip that delicious, smooth Caramel Frappuccino. Now I really want to go to Starbucks.
Can anyone lend me a few bucks? I had to cancel all my credit cards this morning.