Do you know a PlayStation user?  Is someone in your household a Sony PlayStation user?  Your children probably don’t read the newspapers – nor listen to news stations on the radio or watch the news on TV!! . . . or visit this website!  This is most likely still true when your “children” are in their 20s!!  So YOU need to alert them to the hacking of the Sony PlayStation Network in the week before Easter.
They should consider cancelling their credit cards (probably should include debit Mastercard and debit VisaCards here) and changing their passwords with both their bank and the PlayStation Network . . . . . ALSO make sure that, at some stage, you didn’t let them use your credit card for some purchase through the Sony PlayStation Network!!

More on this in a press release from the office of Carolyn Male MP
State Member for Pine Rivers  29 April 2011:

Residents urged to take protect their online ID after Sony hacking

State Member for Pine Rivers, Carolyn Male MP, has warned residents to take steps to protect their personal details after hackers crashed the Sony PlayStation Network last week, affecting more than 70 million customers worldwide.
The Australian Privacy Commissioner has launched a formal investigation into the security breach and Queensland Police are asking Queenslanders who play PlayStation online to consider cancelling their credit cards and changing their passwords.
Carolyn Male MP said with more than 700,000 Sony gamers in Australia, residents in Pine Rivers could potentially be among those affected.
“This demonstrates why people should take particular care with the information they include on gaming and social networking accounts,” Carolyn Male MP said.
“It’s easy to be a little bit careless about the information that goes onto these accounts, but details like phone numbers, home addresses and the names of a workplace or university can all be used to commit identity fraud."
“Scammers can pull together information to apply for credit cards, personal loans or even a mortgage in someone else’s name."
“Local residents should think twice about the information they provide online and limit social networking accounts to friends and family that they know and trust.”
Carolyn Male MP said advances in technology had provided more opportunities for offenders to prey on members of our community.
“While the Internet is a powerful communication tool, offenders have adapted to it quickly and are now using it en masse to target victims via text message and email, or in cases like this, hacking into a system and attempting to steal personal information,” Carolyn Male MP said.
“It is estimated identity theft costs the Australian community between $1.6billion and $3billion annually and this is expected to grow."
The Queensland Police Service’s expert Fraud and Corporate Crime Group has a number of initiatives aimed at preventing this crime and educating the public on how to avoid becoming a cyber crime victim.
For more information on how to protect your online information please contact your local police station.

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