Oct 12, 2011

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Sony Detects Massive Hacking Attempt: 60,000 PSN Accounts Affected

Sony Detects Massive Hacking Attempt: 60,000 PSN Accounts Affected

Late last night Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer, Philip Reitinger, released a statement on the PlayStation Blog informing users that Sony detected a massive hacking attempt. According to Sony, the hackers obtained a large amount of user data from other companies or websites. The hackers were attempting to sign-in to numerous accounts using ID and password pairs, and while the “overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts” there were still approximately 93 thousand accounts (globally) in which the hackers succeeded.

Of those 93 thousand accounts, 60 thousand were PSN accounts and 33 thousand were SOE accounts. Reitnger had this to say regarding the hacked 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.”

Those with compromised accounts will be contacted and will be forced to reset their passwords. While we don’t know how many accounts the hackers tried to get into, 93 thousand accounts isn’t a small number. Yes, compared to the number of active PSN accounts it might seem small, but 93 thousand people were affected by this and that’s nothing to dismiss. At least Sony seems to be preventing some of the attacks after their system was shut down a few months ago, but it does seem that hackers are increasing their attacks on video game consoles as their security may be easier to circumvent.

While I’m sure the majority of PS3 gamers were safe from this “attack”, it might be a good idea to change your password either way, or at least remove the any credit card information on file. That way if they do hack into your account, they won’t be able to get anything from you.  Click the source link below if you would like to read the entire press release.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]