Two days ago, Sony announced that approximately 93,000 PSN accounts had been compromised by hackers. Fortunately, the vast majority of these accounts were dormant, and had not been used since the PlayStation Network came back online in April.
After the infamous PSN intrusion, Sony asked all users to change their passwords. While this was mandatory for those wishing to return to the PlayStation Network, those who stopped using their PS3s never got the chance to change their passwords. If the information that the hackers used came from the PSN intrusion, then it would make sense that the majority of hacked accounts were dormant.
This logic could also be applied to the previous PSN attack. After all, many users have multiple PSN accounts. Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley recently spoke to the issue.
“A great number of these accounts they were going after were dormant accounts. Those people in many cases had not yet done their password change. It takes some work to get them to focus on that.”
Sony once again made it clear that the data the hackers obtained was probably not taken from Sony servers. While there is a chance that data stolen during the April PSN attack was used, it would be ineffective against any active accounts due to the password change, so those of you who are worried that your account could be next need not worry.
“We’ve said publicly when we were compromised before that the information is out there and could have been used. That was obviously the first thing we looked at. Then we did the mathematical analysis and said, ‘Obviously that’s not what happened.’”
In any case, the accounts that were affected were quickly locked down by Sony, so it is unlikely that any users out there will see hundreds of charges for Horse Armor DLC on their next bill.
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