After a week of fighting off hackers and admitting user information was stolen, PlayStation Network parent company, Sony, released a statement Tuesday notifying 77 million users that credit card data may have been stolen.

On Monday, Sony released an original statement notifying users of the PlayStation Network, that their names, email addresses, birthdate, home addresses, passwords has been stolen during an attack.

Today they followed up with an announcement that hackers may have also stolen credit card numbers. Though Sony admits to not knowing for sure, they did say  “While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility.” Sony also commented on the fact that purchase history and credit card billing address information may also have been stolen.

In their full statement that can be read here, Sony encourages all PSN and Qriocity users to be aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. They also go on to say, “Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking.”

Protecting your identity once hacked

As Sony fights their own battles to prevent possible identity theft, here are a few tips you should consider to ensure you are fully protected.

  • Change Passwords: If you are currently using your password for other sources of information, including your email address, take this opportunity to change it now. Also what out for emails that is confirming a potential password change.
  • Review Bank / Credit Statements: No matter if your credit card information was or was not stolen, contact your bank and notify them of what has happened.  You can increase the security on your card for any suspicious purchases.  Also take the time to review your statements at the end of the month as well as online.

Read: Temporary Account Numbers: Your Solution to Safe Online Shopping

Check Out: Identity Protection Tips Overview

With 77 million members being affected, there is no doubt that a number of them are in their teens. Parents should take this opportunity to educate the family on the seriousness of what has occurred and why it is so important to protect your identity online.

With the PSN scheduled to be restored by the end of the week, Sony is working with an outside security firm to investigate what happened and how to ensure the system is protected from any future attacks.

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