PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

Summary: Problems over at Sony's PlayStation Network never seem to end. It's a new day, so there's a new security bug to deal with again.

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Problems over at Sony's PlayStation Network never seem to end. It's a new day, so there's a new security bug to deal with again.

In what could be construed as a glaring oversight, it has been discovered that PSN logins could be compromised based on how much sensitive data fell into the hands of hackers. That information included e-mail addresses and birthdays, which were precisely the tools that a legitimate PSN subscriber could use if he or she forgot his or her password and needed to reset it.

Theoretically, that means hackers could have already reset a bunch of PSN accounts already. To prevent this from happening in the future, Sony has closed off the login and password reset pages online only. So far there doesn't seem to be an issue when logging in directly on PlayStation 3 consoles.

In case you're worried that your information might have been at risk, you would have known if Sony sent you an e-mail in the last month telling you so. Additionally, all PSN subscribers are advised to change their passwords immediately, if they haven't already done so. This really isn't a joke - and be sure not to forget the new password. It might require a bit of hassle to get back into your valid account.

[via Time]

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  • Oh God!!!!!

    What else is there to say?
    Economister
    • Kudos to Japanese government which forbid PSN until the problems would be

      @Economister: ... actually resolved, rather than *claimed* to be resolved by PR and marketings specialists of Sony.
      DDERSSS
    • RE: PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

      @Economister
      "Don;t Worry, it's a Sony"

      ... was that not a marketing strapline from a while back :-)
      neilpost
  • best course of action for Sony

    is to fully embrace Linux and OSS in order to prevent vulnerabilities.
    Linux Geek
    • Anyone else LOL at this?

      @Linux Geek nt
      Bates_
      • why LOL?

        @Bates_
        Linux is proven to be rock solid.
        Linux Geek
      • RE: PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

        @Bates_
        I usually just ignore posts like these. Someone could complain about their toilet being backed up and "Linux Geek" (or another of his ilk) would mention that Linux never plugs up his sewer lines.
        dfreeman1
    • RE: PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

      @Linux Geek
      Me.
      Snicker..... (I think the term I want is "dumb ass") ;)
      rhonin
    • RE: PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

      @Linux Geek

      With all the recent security attacks on Sony are you sure you do not already work for them? Just asking because you give bad advice so it would make sense that someone that gave bad advice or does not know what they are doing would be responsible.
      bobiroc
  • RE: PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

    well thats what you get when you tell the worlds hackers that your going to prosecute them.
    Jimster480
  • RE: PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

    come on sony grt it right!
    bmoney231
    • RE: PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

      @bmoney231

      Our logins are said to be bound to a speciific PS3 adn can't be done with just any PS3! Personally I would say that is pretty taken Care of and even if this is new news, unless teh hacker is your friend or you, your Stuff shoudl be taken Care of about PS3, they said it was more internet related!!

      My Personal opinion here is that Sony isn't gonna loose much money at all if they advertise on there site for now till they can get control again.
      Ez_Customs
  • RE: PlayStation Network login flaw exposed, certain pages down

    It's a mess!
    Sony can do better.
    No! you can't do everything.
    SHAMKEN
  • Sigh. Glad I bought an XBox...

    I remember thinking when xbox came out, I wonder if a big software company really can make a great console and took the chance.

    Years later I'm asking myself if a toy company can do the same and glad I didnt.

    Yes I had a couple of RROD boxes, one fixed for free and one I fixed myself (for the price for a handful of brass bolts and washers and a few minutes research) but other than that its been nothing but fun.

    Sony, pull your head out of your backside and spend money and time doing the groundwork needed to run a huge public network securely like MS does, despite being constantly attacked from every angle.

    They are not the best, nor are they perfect but they are professionals who understand the market.

    And I run Linux btw...
    SiO2