Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lookup.com Acts As A Valuable Resource To Prevent Identity Theft For Customers Of The Sony Play Station NetworkStation Network

Lookup.com warns of the security breach that puts personal details at risk

Lookup.com, a leading resource in people lookup and public records, issues a warning to the public about the recent hack of the Sony PlayStation Network. This breach of trust has certainly put customers’ personal details at risk. The Sony network held sensitive information such as names, addresses, birth dates, e-mail addresses, PSN log-in and passwords, and credit card information. The Fraudsters stole data from approximately 70 million customers. Sony is contacting its customers to warn of the security breach. Lookup.com recommends customers take immediate action to protect personal information and avoid being a victim of this widespread fraud.

The fraud is especially concerning due to the wide variety of information available to the hackers. Many people use the same passwords for all online services including email, online bank accounts, and Internet shopping. A statement released from Sony said:  “While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility.  For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information."

Lookup.com provides resources for protection on every level and recommends the following actions be taken immediately:

•    Change passwords - Many people use the same password for multiple accounts. If the PSN password matches any other accounts it is essential to change the password as soon as possible. Go to the website, login, and look for an option to change the account password. Be sure to choose a secure password.

•    Contact financial institutions - While Sony says it does not know if customers' credit information was obtained during the hack, it is best to protect any account that may be compromised. Call the financial institution that issued the card and order a replacement immediately. Be sure to monitor accounts regularly.

•    Beware of fraudulent emails - If the PSN hackers obtained email address they may attempt a phishing attack. This entails sending an email that appears to be from a credible source such as a bank or e-commerce site. The email contains a link that leads to a site that asks for personal information. Use Lookup.com to reverse email lookup any suspicious email addresses. Simply enter the email address that sent the message asking for personal information to verify where the email came from. Delete illegitimate emails immediately, do not respond. For those are especially concerned, consider changing the email address.

•    Use Lookup.com to monitor personal records for identity theft - The information hackers have obtained from Sony may be sufficient to effectively complete identity theft. Lookup.com provides highly relevant, comprehensive search that integrates public data with an ever-growing source database to provide information. Use Lookup.com to check information regularly in order to take immediate action if irregular activity is noticed.

Lookup.com provides a comprehensive people search service the integrates people and people related data such as public records, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, property records and more to enable advanced searches in one place. Visit our company blog to know more.

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