There was another update from Sony today. This one talked about how passwords where not stored in clear text which is a relief. They used a method called “Cryptographic hash function” which is a way to encode the password. They didn’t go into detail on which Algorithm they used though.
While the passwords that were stored were not “encrypted,” they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted. But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in cleartext form. For a description of the difference between encryption and hashing, follow this link.
Regardless, if you have used that password in other places be sure to change it just in case.
Written by: T0SH
- Cofounder of PS3Blog.net