Earlier today, Arstechnica posted a story that there could have been a potential breach of PSN security that allowed hackers to view information including credit card info, type of tv, type of controllers, etc.
This has been debunked by the hackers with an updated comment:
“There is no generalized ability for hackers to grab credit cards from PSN users; only those using specially devised custom firmwares would be at risk.”
Now much of this info is actually recorded locally on your PS3. Your credit card info and personal info obviously, but also it could store the tv you play on and the controllers you use and thats due to hdcp and bluetooth handshakes. So if you hook up your PS3 via HDMI, a pairing goes on between your PS3 and tv where they need to share a certain amount of information with each other. Same with bluetooth devices. When you pair one, the name of the device automatically shows up on your paired bluetooth devices.
In short, there is nothing to worry about unless you install custom firmware to your PS3 where you could potentially be putting yourself at risk for things of this nature and potentially viruses as well.
Written by: Eddie
- Contributing Editor