The Department of Internal Affairs is warning gamers to
beware of scams after hackers stole personal details from up
to 77 million users of Sony's online Playstation Network.
The electronics company this week said personal account
information - including names, addresses, birthdates, email
addresses, log-in details and possibly credit card data - had
been stolen in an illegal and unauthorised intrusion of its
In a blog post today, Sony said all credit card data had been
encrypted and there was no direct evidence the data had been
Internal Affairs spokesman Mike Hill said the breach meant
scammers knew a lot of sensitive information about anyone
registered with Sony.
"This provides them with a fertile field for their scams so
we are advising people to be particularly vigilant of anyone
contacting them using this information," he said.
"Scammers will do anything to rip you off, so it's important
to be aware of the different kinds of scams circulating -
especially if you use email or a mobile phone. Be suspicious
- any offer that sounds too good to be true probably is, so
don't be fooled!"