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How safe is your data online? PlayStation hacked

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You may want to pick up the controller -- as long as you're offline. Sony says millions of users may have had passwords and even credit card numbers compromised in a data breach of its PlayStation Network. William Hook/Flickr (cc by-sa) (Thumbnail credit: 'blindfutr3'/Flickr)

Last week people who use Sony's PlayStation for gaming, listening to music and watching movies found they couldn't access the network. Sony acknowledged there was a problem, but said little else. Now Sony has announced that "malicious hackers" have accessed the personal data of the network's 77 million users--and that could include credit card numbers. Is it time to freak out? We ask Brian Krebs, a reporter specializing in computer security.

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