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PSN Hack Puts 93,000 Accounts at Risk

Posted on October 12, 2011 AT 05:40am

THE BUZZ: Sony has confirmed that another PlayStation hack has occured, with around 93,000 PSN and SOE accounts affected.

Philip Reitinger, Chief Informtion Security Officer for Sony, revealed details of the hack on the PlayStation Blog, claiming that the hack was achieved by testing, ”a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database,” which resulted in a 0.1%^ success rate.

“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,” he explained. ”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,” he added.

The affected users will be sent a secure password reset email from Sony.

EGM’s TAKE: Just after it seemed that everyone had forgotten about the PSN hack this comes around to bring it all back up again. At least this time it sounds like Sony is on top of the problem.

How do you feel about another PSN hack? leave your thoughts below.

Source: Sony

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