Sony Pictures, a subsidiary of technology and PlayStation gaming conglomerate – Sony, was the victim of a recent, devastating hacking attack (which led to the taking of over 100 TBs of data) that crippled the studio’s network - leading to current/upcoming films being leaked, as well as confidential company documents, employee salaries, and various pieces of sensitive information such as Social Security numbers and health information.
However, what is truly intriguing (and why gamers should be concerned about the entire situation) is that security researchers have discovered that the leaked files are being shared by servers and computer systems belonging to the PlayStation Network.
This discovery is particularly alarming due to the fact that it opens up discussion regarding the possibility of either hackers or private torrents operating on the same server infrastructure utilized by Sony and the PlayStation Network. This would be especially concerning when taking 2011’s month-long PlayStation Network hack and this year’s DDoS attacks into account.
Gamers utilizing PSN should be concerned that sensitive data such as financial/personal information could potentially be hacked and subsequently shared in a manner similar to the Sony Pictures attack.