The Australian government is cooking up a new law that will require companies to disclose security breaches to the public immediately. Even though Sony has stated numerous times that they were not aware that the customer data was stolen, everyone remains utterly furious and completely unconvinced.
Out of the quarter-of-a-million credit card numbers that were stolen from Aussie accounts, none have thankfully reported fraud.
It is likely this response can cascade across the world, with several countries passing similar laws in order to safeguard and protect the rights of their people who entrust their data to others. More needs to be done to protect people who are victims of hackers, up to and including tracking down and arresting hackers, giving them a jail sentence, and carting them off to another country to be charged there as well.
I hope it does. I’ve already stopped by Steam to make sure I didn’t have any personal info there just in case, and I’ll be making a point to strip my CC# from anything I use because I tend to be rather paranoid. You never know when any medium might get attacked and lose your personal data. What a disgraceful future we’re living in.