Compromised Info Used to Access Approximately 93,000 PSN Accounts

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Compromised Info Used to Access Approximately 93,000 PSN Accounts

Late last night Sony discovered an attack that was made against a large number of PSN accounts. By collecting data through other websites, hackers were able to use a combination of user names and passwords to log into various PSN accounts.

Luckily, this attack only affected roughly  93,000 PS3 users – which is less than one tenth of the total registered accounts.


Those that were affected have had their accounts locked down and were promptly sent an email asking the users to change their passwords. The email was sent directly from Sony – so if you were one of the people who had their account hacked, or suspect you might have been, it’s probably best to check your inbox and follow the steps in the email. Hopefully those that were affected did not use a fake email address when creating their PSN account.

In addition, Sony has assured customers that the breach had nothing to do with security or information on Sony’s side. It is believed that the hackers retrieved data from other networks or databases, just another reason why individuals should use difficult and/or different passwords for any online activity.

“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.”

For those still skeptical that Sony’s security is not to blame, it’s important to remember that it was only a couple of months ago that they asked all PSN users to change passwords associated with their accounts. This means that even if the hackers had taken information from the April PSN attack, it would be impossible for them to know anyone’s password – unless of course a user changed his/her password back after the incident. Sony has also made it clear that no credit card info was released, so those worried about financial security can rest easy.

Many people thought Sony handled the PSN attack from April poorly, seeing as it took them a few days to tell customers about the breach – using the guise of maintenance to keep things low key while they investigated. Whether or not you agree with that sentiment, Sony seems to have handled this situation significantly better than in the past – hopefully this will only be a minor bump in the road as they work to rebuild consumer trust after the infamous PSN attack.

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Source: PlayStation Blog 


  • BFTE

    well at least its not there fault i mean damn

  • ATG

    Maybe it’s something personal against Sony? Or someone with too much time on their hands…

  • John

    no one else find it strange that microsoft never got hack? or aleast the hackers never targeted microsoft?

    • lewi g

      maybe microsoft is just harder to hack…

      • BFTE

        then why did it get hacked 2 weeks after launch and sony 3 years? yea that was a good one

      • Bradley Davis

        Microsoft has actually been hacked a few times

    • BFTE

      umm they have actually 2 weeks at launch they got hacked and this isnt even on a sony site it was on a site that connects to sony if you read this and all it was is mutiple failed log-in attemtps please read before you write

  • nuk60

    I see what’s going on, their trying to hurt the Uncharted 3 sales when it comes out, Okay microsoft, okay……

  • Jeff M

    Glad I have an XBOX…

  • Vanity

    “Luckily” it was only 93,000? Lol, I like that. As long as its less than a tenth of any total then its -fortunate-. If 30 million Americans are without jobs I guess, luckily its less than a tenth of the total population. I get it now, statistics, I always loved that class.

  • Jenny

    I read on facebook that hackers are offering services

    to gamers who want to get back at other players.

    But here are a few safe things to do

    1.dont use a credit card for your xbox live monthly subscription for xbox live.

    2. use a pass code on your xbox live account change it often write it down each

    time you change it.

    3.change your windows live or hotmail email pasword regularly again write it down

    also add a secret question and answer on your windows live or hotmail email.

    4.if you get a message from a xbox live member saying they are gonna hack your

    account block that user and block all communications from that user.

    5.if the hackers get through and get your ip refresh your network and report it to

    your ip address issuer.

    6.and for psn change your password regularly and

    make it hard use upper and lower case and numbers and symbols.

    Thats my advice.

    • Jenny

      ->this is for xbox live on the xbox360 microsoft users

      I read on facebook that hackers are offering services

      to gamers who want to get back at other players.

  • Canada Goose Parkas

    Sony seems to have handled this situation significantly better than in the past, i hope they can improve their ability of securing.

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