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PSN Hacked Again - 93,000 Accounts Compromised
« on: October 14, 2011, 11:00:09 AM »
Sony has issued a statement regarding a breach of the PlayStation Network which occurred last night. Officially 93,000 accounts globally have been compromised, however, Sony wasted no time and these accounts were immediately locked. Sony’s Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger addressed the incident on the PS Blog, see what he has to say below.

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We want to let you know that we have detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (“Networks”) services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database. These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources. In this case, given that the data tested against our network consisted of sign-in ID-password pairs, and that the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts, it is likely the data came from another source and not from our Networks. We have taken steps to mitigate the activity.

Less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of our PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected. There were approximately 93,000 accounts globally (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. Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked. We are currently reviewing those accounts for unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as we have them. Please note, if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk. We will work with any users whom we confirm have had unauthorized purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet.

As a preventative measure, we are requiring secure password resets for those PSN/SEN accounts that had both a sign-in ID and password match through this attempt. If you are in the small group of PSN/SEN users who may have been affected, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will prompt you to reset your password.

Similarly, the SOE accounts that were matched have been temporarily turned off. If you are among the small group of affected SOE customers, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will advise you on next steps in order to validate your account credentials and have your account turned back on.

We want to take this opportunity to remind our consumers about the increasingly common threat of fraudulent activity online, as well as the importance of having a strong password and having a username/password combination that is not associated with other online services or sites. We encourage you to choose unique, hard-to-guess passwords and always look for unusual activity in your account.

Although much smaller than the attack on the PlayStation Network in April, we must say nice job here by Sony getting this breach taken care of so fast, and informing their users about the breach in a timely manner. We’ll keep you updated when we find out more.

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Re: PSN Hacked Again - 93,000 Accounts Compromised
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011, 11:30:05 AM »
This happened earlier in the week lol.


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Re: PSN Hacked Again - 93,000 Accounts Compromised
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011, 12:30:05 PM »
This happened earlier in the week lol.

It probably happens every week!   ;D


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Re: PSN Hacked Again - 93,000 Accounts Compromised
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2011, 03:18:28 PM »
And my account was one of them, received this on wednesday:

Customer Service Notification
We are writing to let you know that we have detected an unauthorized attempt to verify the validity of your Sony Online Entertainment ("SOE") Station Account name and password. We believe there was an attempt to use a scripted application of a large set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database. This attempt appears to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised ID and password lists obtained from other companies, sites or other sources.
To protect you, we have locked your ************** Station Account. To reopen the account, please contact SOE customer service at 1 (858) 537-0898 to verify your identity. We will walk you through the password reset process then.
Please note that your credit card number is NOT at risk. As a precaution, please review your account for unusual activity and please contact us at 1 (858) 537-0898; we will work with any users with whom we confirm have had unauthorized purchases with account wallet funds, and restore those funds.
We want to take this opportunity to remind our consumers about the increasingly common threat of account theft, as well as the importance of having a strong password and having a username/password combination that is not associated with other online services or sites. We advise you to create a new password that is strong, consisting of a combination of numbers, letters and special characters or symbols.
Thank you,
Sony Online Entertainment




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Re: PSN Hacked Again - 93,000 Accounts Compromised
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2011, 03:38:38 PM »
Yikes.  Everything ok now, Maibs?

 

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