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Experts Say Encrypted Credit Card Number Does Not Fully Protect Sony Customers

Sony Co., in a blog post Thursday, announced that every single important record from the breached credit card database last week was encrypted. But, security experts say it was not enough to fully protect the Sony PlayStation users and that consumer data might still be used by the hackers.

On Friday, reports had been released saying the hackers may have obtained the consumer’s credit card numbers. However, evidences are not enough to verify its existence.

According to security researchers, they have seen comments from Internet forums that tell how hackers have made there way to about 2.2 million credit card numbers, as well as the names of the customers, their addresses, usernames and passwords.

Also, senior threat researcher at Trend Micro security firm, Kevin Stevens said he had seen the discussion about the database on various hacker forums. The discussions even indicated that the hackers of Sony’s PlayStation network wanted to sell the list of credit card for more than $100,000.

If hackers have actually obtained the credit card records from Sony, researchers say encryption is not enough to totally protect the database. They believe that the data is still at risk with the lack of information released by the multinational corporation.

Sony says they have no proofs that the credit card data was actually taken. However, if ever hackers have actually obtained millions of credit card numbers, researchers say encryption is not enough to protect the database.

The incident raised discussions among privacy and security experts, saying a lot of valuable information is easily left at risk.

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Diabetes May Cause Cancer

Diabetes is already tagged as one of the silent killers because it is linked to various complications such as kidney failure. Now, evidences that diabetes can also be linked to cancer are emerging.

A recent study reported that women with diabetes have generally increased their risk of developing cancer by 8 per cent. Men, on the other hand have 9 per cent higher risk of having cancer (excluding prostate cancer).

Moreover, the study found out that the possibility of dying from cancer will increase significantly if you have diabetes.

On a lighter note, the same study concluded that diabetes can be related to the decreased incidence of prostate cancer among men. Reasons behind this are still unclear but the researcher’s data indicated that if you include cancer of the prostate on the mix, men’s chances of getting cancer from diabetes is reduced by 4 per cent.

Lead author Gabriel Lai will present the study before the American Association for Cancer Research on Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Research findings are still thought of as preliminary studies until they are published in a journal.

The study participant’s diabetes was self-reported. Also, the researchers did not indicate whether it is Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2. Furthermore, the study did not indicate information about diabetes management and the kind of medication the participants took. The study head, Gabriel Lai, however said that most of the participants have Type 2 Diabetes as it is more common than the other type.

As of the moment, it is still unclear whether it is the illness per se that is causing the increase risk of cancer, or the medication connected herewith.

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