Will you go back to PSN?

Debate: Has the damage been done - or will you be willing to forgive and forget?

Unless you're some sort of internet surfing ninja, the PlayStation Network news has been hard to avoid. Sony's online platform provides online gaming, new video game, movie and music content to millions - and it has been hit hard by nefarious hackers.

While we can all live without playing online for a few days, the PSN hacking fallout may have bigger repercussions. Earlier this week Sony issued a chilling official statement confirming that the personal information of its users had been compromised as a result of the illegal "intrusion".


It admitted, much to consumers' horror: "We believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birth date, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID".

While there is no evidence at this time that any credit card data was used fraudulently, the possibility cannot be ruled out. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, an "abundance of caution" is advised.

Sony has said it hopes to restore PlayStation Network services within a week - but the question is... will you go back?

With the service and personal details compromised on such a broad and fundamental level will you be able to once again place your sensitive information in Sony's hands after being burned? Are you thinking it might be time to jump ship and join Xbox Live? Or are you confident that Sony will be able to address the security issues once and for all and are happy to forgive, forget, and go on enjoying the PlayStation Network's multiplayer gaming and content offerings?

As ever, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below...