The Playstation 3 network PSN has been shutdown after unauthorized users hacked into the system, with many customers personal details and credit card numbers at risk.

Sony were forced to shut down their online community when they detected an unauthorized person breaking into the network between April 17 and April 19th

Since then Sony have warned customers to change any passwords that they may have on other systems, and to check their bank accounts for suspicious activity.

Sony have posted their action on their website, stating that they have,

1)     Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;

2)     Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and

3)     Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

They have also warned customers to be aware of phone calls and emails asking for sensitive information, as all details that customers have shared on PSN may have been obtained by the hackers.

Playstation users have expressed their anger toward the hackers with many unable to get online now for up to several weeks.

For any more information on the matter please contact should you have any additional questions.

FemaleFirst Danielle Wainwright