Information & Tips

Sony: Hackers May Have Captured PSN Users Personal Info, Credit Card Numbers

PSN Hacked tall2If you thought not being able to play Portal 2 with your friends online was bad, things have just gotten a lot worse.

According to the Sony PlayStation blog, “certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion”.

Speaking plainly, hackers have likely obtained personal details for all users registered on PSN, including “name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID.” Sony also states that it “cannot rule out the possibility” that credit card data may have also been captured.

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PlayStation Network Down

psn_10979FixYa is receiving a major influx of questions from distraught gamers. The source of their angst? The Playstation Network is down, and may be offline for as long as the next couple of days. Those two days may seem like an eternity to gamers who are clamoring for answers as to how this happened.

Almost immediately, there was speculation that this was due to the network being hacked by activist group Anonymous, who has been protesting Playstation and had threatened that larger attacks were yet to come. However, according to their posts on Operation Sony’s Facebook page, Anonymous was not responsible for the current outage.

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FixYa Experts on the Disaster in Japan

As stories of tragedy and heroism emerge from the ongoing disaster in Japan, many people are using the internet to make donations supporting the people affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear threat. Unfortunately, there are a lot of fraudulent charities out there, collecting donations that will not be turned over to the people who need it.

Japan 2One of FixYa’s Experts, kingnite, has posted a helpful Tip for anyone considering making a donation online. Read his advice in Charities to Watch Out For.

The escalating nuclear threat continues to worry everyone, and people here in the US are becoming concerned about their own safety. One such person, daves944, came to FixYa wondering if there was any site that posted the radiation levels in the US, and a FixYa Expert came to his aid. Read his question to find out how you can monitor current radiation levels in various US cities as this crisis continues.

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Make the Season Merrier with a New iPad

December smIt’s the season of giving, and FixYa’s going to be giving one lucky Expert a brand new iPad! Three Experts have already won- logosc75, shark2th667, and goeffreyh, and YOU could be next!

All you need to do is become an Expert, if you aren’t one already, and start providing assistance on FixYa! If you provide really great assistance, the people you help will leave you Testimonials. You’ll receive one raffle entry for each Testimonial you receive. The more people you help, the more chances you can have to win!

At the end of December, FixYa will hold its iPad raffle, and one Expert will receive this extra special holiday gift. The winning Expert will be reviewed to ensure that they’ve been providing high quality assistance. If the winner is deemed ineligible, a second raffle will be held.

The holiday season is always hopping at FixYa, and we hope that the opportunity to earn a new iPad will make helping people even better! Start helping people now.

Toyota’s Mortifying Milestone

10.20.10 Toyota RecallAs sick as we are of writing about car recalls, and particularly Toyota recalls, this one is notable. Mainly because today’s recall of 1.53 million cars and trucks pushes Toyota past the 5 million recall mark. This embarrassing milestone comes as the result of a flaw linked to brake-fluid leaks, and affects Avalon sedans, Highlander SUVs, and the Lexus GS 300, IS 250, and IS 350.

If the 5.4 million cars recalled in the US this year weren’t enough of a black eye, Toyota has also crossed the 10 million mark for cars recalled globally. It begs the question- how many Toyotas are left on the road? According to an announcement in January, Toyota had plans to sell some 8.27 million vehicles worldwide in 2010. With 8.27 million new cars produced and over 10 million that have currently been recalled, well, things are not looking good for the automaker that once led the industry in safety and reliability. While their stock hasn’t plummeted, consumer confidence surely has.