Sony denies latest hacking claims, says there was no hack

Sony denies latest hacking claims, says there was no hack

Summary: The company is denying claims that hackers had once again compromised its services, claiming instead that the exploit emerged as a result of a security hole.

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Sony has finally responded to the reports circulating today that its PlayStation Network had once again been compromised. The gist? There was no hack.

"We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page. Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved. In the process of resetting of passwords there was a URL exploit that we have subsequently fixed," the company said on the PlayStation blog.

The exploit, which emerged soon after Sony restored its PSN services and Qriocity, could allow wrongdoers to gain access to user accounts with only a user's email address and birthdate. This would allow them to change users' passwords without their knowledge. While Sony denies that a hack occurred, it is clear that such an exploit breach can be just as damaging for its 77 million formerly-consoled consumers.

Likewise, what's significant here is how quickly Sony both responded to the reports and issued a fix. While a security breach is never a good thing, it's a welcome sight to see Sony responding so quickly, even if CEO Howard Stringer matains Sony has been responding quickly all along.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Security

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  • Plausible Deniability

    Plausible Deniability
    Splunge
  • RE: Sony denies latest hacking claims, says there was no hack

    Well looks like they're running penn tests, finally.
    joshua_keefer@...
  • RE: Sony denies latest hacking claims, says there was no hack

    I still can't get into the PSN store.
    Just allowed me to change password.
    In other words it's not up!
    SHAMKEN@...
  • RE: Sony denies latest hacking claims, says there was no hack

    'Exploiting a security hole' doesn't drum up as much fear mongering as 'hacking' in the media.
    spyddy80
  • RE: Sony denies latest hacking claims, says there was no hack

    There has been so much hulabaloo crowed from the tops of journalists/reporters voices about the deathly 77 million compromised accounts - but has any one single client of Sony actually had their credit cards exploited and lost money - OK it's bad enough that there has been a lot of inconvenience, lack of service, re-entering new passwords, etc, but financial loss would be a real serious problem - so, I reiterate, has any such loss been reported by Sony clients?
    hipco
    • RE: Sony denies latest hacking claims, says there was no hack

      @hipco

      Yes, I have seen people post there is unusual activity on their cards and another one that told of getting a random call from someone with a Russian accent trying to get them to confirm their CC info and security code. Could be co-incidence, but what are the odds?
      mlashinsky@...