Panic! Your PlayStation Network data is probably at risk

8:20 PM on 04.26.2011 // Josh Tolentino

If you've been trying to get online with your PlayStation 3 in the past few days, chances are you've not met much success. That's because the PlayStation Network's been offline, six days and counting.

Now Sony's chosen to break out the bad news, and in this case, it may well be the worst news. Long story short, any personal data you've got on the PlayStation Network may be compromised, potentially including credit card information.

How did this happen? Sony's mum on the specifics, but most theories suggest that the security breach is related to custom firmware packages for the PS3 that allowed users to hack their consoles and obtain developer-level access to the PSN.

If you happen to be a registered PSN account holder, expect an email from Sony soon that should read similarly to this. And make sure to check on whatever info you've got and monitor it for weird patterns and such.

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