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PSN attack prompts new levels of security


Sony has assured PlayStation Network users that when the service is back online a number of new security measures will be put into place to secure private data.

In a statement on the official PlayStation Blog, Sony's U.S. Director of Corporate Communications Patrick Seybold confirmed that the company is ramping up security following the hacking of the network on April 18.

"We are taking a number of steps to prevent future breaches," reads the statement. This will include "enhanced levels of data protection and encryption; enhanced ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location with increased security; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer."

Sony also confirmed that none of the major credit card companies have reported fraudulent activity. Users were concerned that personal information from the 70 million-plus accounts infiltrated during the data breach, which has now been attributed to the "hacktivist" group 'Anonymous', was in the hands on criminals. The final figure for those affected by fraud should in fact be fairly small, but users of the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment's network services should still be vigilant and check credit reports for any signs of fraud.


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