Update on the breach that exposed the information on 77 million users of Sony's PlayStation Network:
Kevin Poulsen, a writer for Wired Magazine's excellent blog, Threat Level, reports that Sony says that credit card numbers potentially stolen in the breach were encrypted. Poulsen quotes Sony, writing:
All of the data was protected, and access was restricted both physically and through the perimeter and security of the network,” Sony wrote in a blog post.
The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack.
If you want to keep up with the technical and back-story side of this massive breach, Kevin's reporting is top-notch.