It's time to keep a closer eye on your accounts and be more aware than ever of potential scams to obtain more sensitive information.
Sony has revealed that between April 17 and April 19, "certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network."
As you can see through the link, they've taken steps to keep your personal information safe and secure, but there was a span of time where it wasn't , which means everything from your name and birthdate to your password and login could've been obtained by the "illegal and unauthorized intrusion." They say there is currently "no evidence" that any credit card data was taken, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen, so please heed the following warning well:
"For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well."
It's nice to have online banking in such a situation, as you can keep an eye on all your account activity 24 hours a day. …of course, it's nice until something happens to that electronic system and we're screwed all over again. I think I'm going to go live in a tree for a while.