We’ve just spoken to a Sony representative who has given us specific Australian details on the Sony Online Entertainment Breach. He has confirmed that, of the 12,700 credit cards details leaked, 336 were from Australian accounts.
The representative was also very keen to emphasise that the hacked database was out of date, so it could be that the number of active accounts from that figure will drastically reduce the number of credit cards affected.
An official statement from Sony stated the following:
Of the non-US credit and debit cards from an outdated SOE database that may have been affected, our understanding is that approximately 336 of the 12,700 cards were from Australia. Of these 336 cards, not all are active and so we anticipate the number of Australian card holders affected to be low.
Sony was also keen to reinforce that, so far, there have been no confirmed reports of either the PSN or SOE breach resulting in any criminal usage.
But when it came to specifics, regarding when Australians would have PSN functionality back, Sony were a little light on specifics.
We have no idea at this stage how Sony are going to bring the PSN online, but it will be done in separate stages. No word yet as to precisely how Sony intend to do this, and in what order.
More news as we get it.
UPDATE: Sony has gotten in contact with us regarding the timing of Aussie PSN accounts being reactivated. The statement provided is as follows:
The company is working around the clock on the restoration of the PSN services globally, and has also been working to enhanced system security to provide greater protection of personal information . We expect to have more updates on timing of the service for Australia soon.
So – no concrete details yet.