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From Everquest to Ever-quest-to-fix-personal-info-leak.

So I've gotten the dreaded Sony Online Entertainment letter than my info was *may* have been part of their data breach. What where they doing with my info from 2008? Three years back, I bought the game Everquest II because it was less than $10 and my friend Rodolfo was at one time a huge fan of the game. I though I might play with him. Of course when I bought it he was no longer playing and I just wandered around, and wondered what was all the fuzz about in the game.

It at least has an apt name. But it should be called Ever-menial-Quest II, because all the never-ending succession of quests are really menial tasks. Go collect this, go fix that, go kill those, go find a watchamightcallit. If this sounds boring you get the point. So anyway, I played my free-time and that was that. Or so I thought.

Three years later, I get this email. Thankfully I think the credit card I used for the game expired already but I'll have to check anyway. But it makes me wonder why do they keep that info? According to the letter they may have leaked my: name, address (city, state, zip, country), email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password. Why do they need all that? And why isn't at least part of that information also hashed, like the password?

And now Sony get's hacked again. Everquest indeed, to fix Sony's personal info leak.


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