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And a Sony PSN Update: Report Says Credit Cards Encrypted

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.

 

 

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.