After the PSN Outage of 2011, most wouldn’t blame gamers for being cautious about their Sony accounts. The vulnerability of personal info, and the speed with which hackers can rack up 1,000s of dollars worth of charges, is something that, if people weren’t aware of before, they certainly are now.
It’s with that in mind that we bring news that several SEN (Sony Entertainment Network, the new name for the PSN) accounts have had their passwords reset. Early reports of password resets started last week, and they are continuing to occur as early as today.
While the reason for the password reset might vary from person to person, one of the major culprits is EA Sports‘ FIFA 14. This isn’t the first time FIFA has been associated with hacked accounts and preemptive measures in response to hacked accounts, but this is a first for the next-gen.
Apparently, these hackers are once again using the FIFA franchise’s Ultimate Team trading card store to rack up some hefty charges. Gamers on Reddit have cited between $10 and $150 worth of charges, most of which have been acknowledged by Sony as fraud and are in the process of being refunded.
With FIFA always ranking very high in global sales, it has become a franchise ripe for the picking, leaving many unsuspecting players vulnerable to fraudulent charges. Obviously, the hope was that EA Sports would find a way to prevent account hacks in future iterations, but that isn’t the case.
This writer was one of those whose account password was reset, but luckily no purchases were charged to my account. It is important to mention, though, that I do own a copy of FIFA 14 for PS4, so that may be the reason for the reset. The process is pretty painless, though, all one needs do is select the ‘Forgot Your Password’ option on their account login page and input a new, hopefully more secure, password.
Nevertheless, this news of SEN accounts being hacked on PS4 and also Xbox 360 is cause for concern. Not just because of the PSN outage, but also because these are next-gen consoles with what we hope are better security measures. To be fair, the vulnerabilities stem from a particular game not the system itself, but that’s no recompense for those affected.
Have you noticed your SEN account password was reset? Did you have any false charges on your account?
Source: Gaming Bolt