Was the PlayStation Network hacked? Sony says that an external force brought the network down somehow but has yet to elaborate on exactly what happened. But the one thing it has not talked about is what personal data might have been stolen by those that infiltrated the system last week.
Satoshi Fukuoka, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo, told PC World that it has not determined if "personal information or credit card numbers of users" has been stolen.
Sony Computer Entertainment of America spokesman Patrick Seybold echoed Fukuoka's statement, confirming that its parent company is looking into whether personal data was stolen during the "external intrusion."
The extended downtime of PlayStation Network combined with the possibility that PSN user data may have been compromised is a one-two punch for Sony. As Microsoft can attest to, user outrage may soon reach a fever pitch resulting in all kinds of legal headaches for the company.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.