Change your passwords!
It's a fact that people use the same names and passwords. Change your passwords.
Here's a way to come up with unique passwords. Think of it like this, try using something like a phrase "I love to win!" (don't use that!) but instead type it out like "iL0v3t0wiN!" This gives you 11 characters including lower and upper case alpha, numeric and special characters. A vowel can be replaced with a numerical figure and it's easily remembered when reciting them. Ex, a A = 4, e E = 3, i I = 1 or !.
While checking emails yesterday I noticed two notifications of points being purchased through Xbox Live. The purchases were for 4000 and 6000 points totaling about 145.00 USD. Being I haven't used my Xbox for at least 5 days, and it's been longer since being pluged into the net, I immediately assumed it was a phising scam. The problem was my bank also showed the transactions.
After going through 6-7 different customer representatives I finally reached the proper department; 800-4MY-XBOX. Apparently there was a known attempt to access Xbox Live accounts using account names and passwords believed to have been acquired through the hack upon Sony's gaming networks. Thankfully the transactions were immediately flaged as fraudulent and rescinded. Opting in for the 2 week fraud investigation means I'll have no access to Xbox Live, or access to my gamer tag during the duration, but it seemed like the least I could do to prevent further headache.
There's a lesson to be learned in this. It wasn't just Sony's servers that got hacked, stupidity got hacked as well. Actually, it's probably better to say that stupidity got WTFPWNDBBQ!!1!shift+1
Here I am as a victim of my own stupidity for using the same account name and password for multiple services. I'll change my passwords to something more unique, replace my current credit card tied to the Xbox Live account, and hope for the best.
In Sony's defense, they did send me an email warning that my information "may have" been involved in the breach. I hear they're even offering fraud protection. Heck, PSN users are supposedly going to get two free games!
That being said, I ask this:
What would other's do in a situation like this: scream "Sue!", boycott Sony products, seek out a class action lawsuit, or simply take it in the gut and continue using Sony's services?