Sony denies latest hacking claims, says there was no hack

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.

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.