Repeat: Sony Attacked Again. (But This Time Credit Card Info Is Safe.)

  • October 12, 2011 6:26 am

Sony, Sony, Sony. New reports are circulating around the web this morning that many a PSN user will surely not want to hear: Sony has been hacked attacked. Again. But before you get all bent out of shape and launch your PS3 through a window we must stress that it’s far less severe than back in April. Much less in fact.

According Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer, Philip Reitinger, the Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment Network are affected. Moreover, a total of roughly 93,000 (at least 35,000 in the U.S. and 20,000 in Europe) PSN accounts have been “halted”, with owners of said accounts being sent emails to verify account information and reset passwords. At this time Sony has stressed that absolutely no credit card/personal information has been compromised. The list of accounts/passwords allegedly comes from several 3rd party sites and sources (credit: HackerNews).

For now, this appears to be nothing more than a small, unsuccessful (for the hackers) hiccup that hopefully doesn’t turn into another Spring-to-Summer PSN downtime. If you recall, Japanese PS3/PSN users felt the worst of the hacking effects with governments stepping in and preventing any PSN re-launch until security measures were up to their standards — a move that didn’t come until late July.

Source: BusinessWeek | Via: TechCrunch


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  • Elvick

    It wasn’t a hack on Sony or PSN at all.

    “These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from
    one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other

    IE: Other companies, sites or other sources were hacked and that information was used to try and access PSN accounts. So if I find out your twitter password and use it on PSN to see if you’re dumb enough to have the same information on both, that’s the “hack” on Sony you’re claiming. ie; it’s completely false because that’s not a hack.

    For shame.

  • The Gadgeteur

    Ok, edited original article.  Though if those passwords and account names start getting matched up and someone manages to harvest data, regardless of where the source material came from, that would classify has “Sony being hacked”.