From CTV News
The names, addresses, birth dates and other personal data belonging to the 77 million customers on Sony’s PlayStation Network were stolen by a hacker, the company said Tuesday.
The hack is among the largest data thefts in history.
In a lengthy post on its PlayStation blog, the company added: “While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility.”
Children with accounts made by their parents also may have had their data taken, Sony added.
Sony’s PlayStation online service has been down for about a week since the catastrophic attack.
Account information for the PlayStation Network and its Qriocity service users was compromised between April 17 and April 19.
The service allows gamers to buy and play video games on their PlayStation consoles, as well as rent and stream movies through Netflix.
Sony decided last week to rebuild the entire network to make it more secure, and says it could be back up this week.
Once it is back online, Sony recommends its users change their passwords and usernames.
The company also said users could place fraud alerts on their credit cards.
Anonymous, a well-known and feared hacking group, said they weren’t the culprit behind the attack.
“For once we didn’t do it,” they said on their website.
There are more than 1.5 million PlayStation Network users in Canada.
Sony’s online network launched in fall 2006. Unlike its main competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox Live, there are no subscription fees.
Xbox Live has not suffered a similar devastating attack. The incident is a major blow to Sony which is in a fierce battle with Microsoft and Nintendo on the console market.
The online gaming networks are hubs for tens of millions around the globe. Gamers can spend hours cooperating with each other on fantasy quests or shooting at each other in games like “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.”
The outage of the PlayStation Network has angered many users, who have taken to Twitter or Facebook to complain.
Tuesday night, many Twitter users were outraged Sony took six days to tell its customers their credit card data could be at risk.
Written by Daryl Gregory
Drawn by Carlos Magno
SC, 24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes! Beginning an all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie in the continuity of the first five films! Ape society has reached a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! And amidst all this uncertainty, what is the fate of…The Lawgiver? Written by award-winning novelist Daryl Gregory!
ENDS ACCLAIMED RUN ON
EISNER & HARVEY AWARD NOMINATED
February 8, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios’ bestselling Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated IRREDEEMABLE gets sensational father/son team Eduardo & Diego Barreto to take over art duties for fan-favorite artist Peter Krause beginning with IRREDEEMABLE #29!
“A true visionary that brought the amazing world of IRREDEEMABLE to life, Peter Krause will definitely be a hard act to follow, but I know this series is in great hands with the extremely talented Eduardo & Diego Barreto team!” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Combining Eduardo’s veteran skill with Diego’s know how of the IRREDEEMABLE universe, fans will be happy to see this series maintain the highest level of artistic quality set by the great Peter Krause.”
“This is a classic bad news, good news scenario,” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “Peter Krause, a pioneer of the IRREDEEMABLE world and all-around upstanding guy, no longer joining us is the bad news. The good news? We couldn’t have asked for a more amazing artist team than Eduardo & Diego Barreto! Decades of experience and talent accompany these two men and we could not be more elated about them taking over for Peter!”
Eduardo Barreto’s storied history in comics began in the 80’s contributing to such DC series as THE NEW TEEN TITANS, SUPERMAN, STAR WARS, MARTIAN MANHUNTER and BATMAN. Eduardo also worked with Marvel on MARVEL KNIGHTS and Dark Horse on ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, INDIANA JONES, and THE ESCAPIST, and even on such seminal BOOM! Studios titles as ZOMBIE TALES. In 2006 Eduardo also took over the popular newspaper strip JUDGE PARKER from Harold LeDoux and continued on the series until February 2010. Diego Barreto began teaming up with his father in the 90’s with such titles as DC’s XER0, later working on his own art in SUPER GIRL. Beginning in January 2010 Diego accompanied Peter Krause as a fill-in artist on issues of IRREDEEMABLE and continues to do so today.
When it debuted in April 2009, IRREDEEMABLE quickly became BOOM! Studios’ all-time bestselling book to date. Since its release IRREDEEMABLE has garnered much critical acclaim including three Eisner Award nominations for such categories as Best Continuing Series and Best Writer, Mark Waid, as well as two Harvey Award nominations for Best New Series and Best Writer Mark Waid. Now into its second year IRREDEEMABLE continues to be one of BOOM! Studios’ top selling titles.
IRREDEEMABLE #29 ships this September and is written by Mark Waid and drawn by Eduardo Barreto & Diego Barreto.
Sorry, I don’t have any special deals here, or I would be among the Missing right now, making my way through space bending puzzles. What I do have for you is a little something to curb your Portal cravings until you can get your hands on a copy.
That something is a webcomic called Portal 2: Lab Rat. For anyone interested in learning more of the lore behind GLaDOS and Aperture Science, this comic helps to fill in a few gaps in the story from the original game. And there were a lot of gaps. One of the reasons Portal was so successful beyond the superb game play is the compelling story and mysterious secrets that blend into not only the Half Life franchise, but real life as well, as witnessed by in game clues that players could decode and then pursue in a still ongoing ARG (Alternate Reality Game).
In this long awaited episode Bryan and I waste no time and dive right into discussing all the latest news.
Also, we review:
HBO’s Game of Thrones
Age of X
The season finale of BBC’s Being Human
DC’s Batman: The Dark Knight
And The Walking Dead #83
We are also joined by fellow FP member Janelle Vendeville