PlayStation Hackers: We’ve Got 2.2M Credit Cards

Users report fraud, but it may be coincidence
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2011 10:14 AM CDT
Sony PlayStation Network Hackers: We've Got 2.2M Credit Cards
A customer watches a monitor showing Sony's PlayStation 3 at a Tokyo electric shop on April 27, 2011.   (Getty Images)

Chatting in online forums, hackers are citing a huge haul from the attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network: They claim they now have access to some 2.2 million credit cards. The assertion can’t be verified, say experts—but a number of users are reporting suspicious charges on their cards. Still, that could be pure coincidence, notes the Guardian; any large enough sample of credit card users will contain some fraud victims.

The hackers say they even have credit card security codes, but Sony says that’s not possible: "Your credit card security code has not been obtained because we never requested it," the company tells users. Among the fraud claims: some $1,500 in purchases from a German grocery store using a US credit card, as well as dozens of claims regarding charges from Japanese shops and German airlines. Hackers are also saying they offered to sell the user database back to Sony, but the firm said no. A Sony rep says he had no knowledge of any such occurrence. (More Sony stories.)

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