Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

Summary: Sony says "a large amount of unauthorized sign-in attempts" at its PlayStation Network has led to the hijacking of valid sign-in IDs and passwords.

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Sony has confirmed another security breach at its popular PlayStation Network and warned that about 93,000 user accounts have been compromised.

The latest breach follows a massive hack in April 2011 that led to the theft of names, addresses and possibly credit card data belonging to 77 million user accounts.

The latest hack, flagged by Sony as "a large amount of unauthorized sign-in attempts," led to the hijacking of valid sign-in IDs and passwords.

From Sony's statement:

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Less than one tenth of one percent of our PSN, SEN and SOE consumers may have been affected. There were approximately 93,000 accounts (PSN/SEN: approximately 60,000 accounts; SOE: approximately 33,000) where the attempts succeeded in verifying those accounts’ valid sign-in IDs and passwords, and we have temporarily locked these accounts. As a preventative measure, we will be sending email notifications to these account holders and will be requiring secure password resets or informing consumers of password reset procedures.

The company said credit card numbers associated with these accounts are not at risk as a result of these unauthorized attempts.

"Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked. We are continuing to investigate the extent of unauthorized activity on any of these accounts," Sony added.

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  • Sony is in trouble....

    Flaming TV's, PS Network hacks, melting laptop batteries.... Glad I don't have a single Sony product in my house!
    tgschmidt
  • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

    Given the method, it's most likely some OTHER site or service that got hacked and they're banking on the fact that most people use the same password for everything. There's not really anything Sony (or anyone else for that matter) could have done.
    Aerowind
  • Sony should use only FOSS and its best practices

    to thwart these attacks.
    The Linux Geek
    • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

      @The Linux Geek Maybe is a good advice, but the fact that linux os / apps have not so many security flaws is not because they don't have it but because hackers prefers to aim to other targets (Same with iOS). Android is a proof of that. Being so popular these days among phones and tablets have proved being a tasty menu for hackers and security issues have arisen in large amounts. The matter here is that Sony must strengthen their security a lot more, but it is no use if users still use weak passwords and the same username for all the websites they visit including suspicious ones.
      Y2j-Hotaru
      • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

        @Y2j-Hotaru
        +1
        good post. I hope those Linux fanboys will understand what you've just posted.
        Martmarty
    • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

      @The Linux Geek <br>Can we simply assume from your statement that you just said Linux and Android are not FOSS. Glad to know that.
      Ram U
    • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

      @The Linux Geek

      They probably have people like you employed there that have not a clue how to secure a network or a computer.
      bobiroc
      • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

        @bobiroc
        +1000000.
        A million thanks for the laugh you brought with that comment. :D
        Ram U
    • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

      @The Linux Geek

      You know, I've this sickening feeling that this is Loverock's counter-troll account to try and make the majority of Linux users appear pretty retarded. I mean, there's a lot of zealots out there, sure- but those folks usually know what is going on.

      This kid seems clueless, kind of like Davidson.
      CommonOddity
  • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

    Wow, color me chagrined. I better start checking activity on my Xbox live account, something may have happened.
    wuboyblue
  • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

    People have been down on me because of my frequent advocacy of the Xbox and Microsoft integration with media extenders (which are not trouble free).

    I buy my Microsoft points using a prepaid card from CVS (local chain) and I use a green dot mastercard for most other online transactions. "Trust no one, you won't be dissapointed"...some old DIA guy I knew.
    wuboyblue
  • RE: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised

    Poor japanese, I really pity them. They have experienced the worst year I guess. Tsunami, Nuclear leak, displaced families and I even heard their sea export to US was just dumped to the seas because US authorities won't accept the level of radiation in the products. Due to loss businesses and professions in Japan, I heard from a local Japanese friend that the number of suicides in Japan actually increased.
    Martmarty